Day 23: A letter to someone, anyone.
How has your day been? Mine has been a good one.
I want you to know that at the ripe old age of almost 12, you are the coolest person that I know. You have an easiness with your friends that I envy. You live to horse around with your buddies, and EVERYTHING can wait if you are presented with a chance to play outside. I wish I could still prioritize like you.
You are still innocent and blissfully ignorant that there are mean people in the world. Someday you’ll have to learn that there are, in fact, mean people. Your outlook on life will change. Knowing you, it won’t change much.
I love how gentle you are with our cats. I can just picture you being equally tender with your wife and with your own kids. There are enough tough guys in the world. I like your gentleness.
You love baseball and Star Wars. I have done my job!
I hope that you don’t change. You will continue to mature and grow up, but I hope you don’t change. I hope that you continue to learn to rely on God even more than you rely on Mom and Dad. I won’t be pushy, but I will do my best to guide you to pick a career in a field that you love. Most dreams don’t pay the bills, but maybe we can explore some that do. Mom and Dad will help you with that.
Mom and Dad know a lot of unhappy adults. Most of them are unhappy because they fight a lot with their husbands or wives. Again, Mom and Dad won’t be pushy, but we will do our best to instill in you the importance of choosing a wife that will love you like your mom loves me. And you had better believe that I’ll make sure that you know how to treat a young lady.
You are a great kid, and I am looking forward to watching you navigate your way through middle school, high school, college and adulthood. My heart skips a beat as I think about you working up the nerve to ask that special girl out for your first date. I already worry about you being nervous during job interviews. I need to prepare you for the ordeal of buying a car at the dealership. But you’ll be fine…all part of living!
In the meantime, would it kill you to be a little nicer to your sister?