I want to take this opportunity to wish Santresa L. Glass, my best friend, a Happy 33rd Birthday! I appreciate your friendship and love. Each day, my understanding of the value of your friendship and love becomes clearer. I am so proud of all the things you’ve accomplished. At 33 years old, you are proving to get better with time. Although some people believe that your posts on Facebook (including your pictures), your tweets, and Instagram pictures/posts are attempts to present yourself as being more than you really are, those individuals truly don’t know you. If they really knew you, as I do, they would know that the glow they see is authentic happiness. I may (notice the emphasis on “may”) tolerate people attacking me for a little while, but one thing I will not tolerate is any attacks on my best friend, Santresa L. Glass. I don’t mind getting life without the possibility of parole for annihilating anyone who would try to attack and do you harm. Believe that!
I’m truly proud of you for being so close to completing your doctoral degree in Organizational Leadership at Argosy University. Although some are already trying to downplay and criticize you for obtaining your doctoral degree online, they are simply “toxic mushrooms” (I’m pretty sure you can appreciate that term). I cannot wait to read your doctoral committee approved version of your dissertation! Oh yeah, for the haters, Santresa is required to pen a dissertation. It will not be long before I get to call you “Dr. Glass.” Sounds great, right?
You are beautiful! You always have been. Time has only ameliorated your beauty. You’re not pretending to be beautiful—you simply are!
No one can ever question your authenticity. You have never been afraid to express who you truly are. You embrace not only the great things about yourself but also your imperfections. One of the things I love most about you is your authenticity. When I’m talking to you, I always know that I’m talking to San and not some inauthentic persona you’ve created to please others.
On this day, take time to reflect on the many blessings God has bestowed to you. He has a tremendous number of more blessings for you. Enjoy YOUR day. Have the best birthday ever. Again, happy birthday!
Antonio Maurice Daniels
University of Wisconsin-Madison