I want this to be my instruction manual for the up and coming two year old. I will attempt to impart words of wisdom to the favorite little guy in my life.
Step 1: Stay interesting. Girls dig interesting. The left handiness is a terrific start. This will enhance your ability to visualize and to tell really great stories. Not lies, just really good stories. Or at least the ability to make retold stories even more interesting. And when it comes to sports, confuse them when you stand on the other side of plate or drive the lane from their blind side. And golf, well that opens up the whole other side of the course.
Step 2: Be compassionate. People gravitate to those who can be compassionate. Compassionate people take care of others’ feelings. This opens doors of opportunity. I know that you have this trait because I saw it and I felt it while I was recovering. You took care of me and watched out for me. I see it too in how you share and play. And I see it in the hugs you give Cayson and Bodie. Real men can be compassionate.
Step 3: Be genuine. Know who you are and be the person you are meant to be. A genuine man admits when he’s wrong, encourages others, defends principles and leads by example.
Step 4: Discover, observe and learn. I marvel at your powers of observation. You watch and you learn. We play “booma”, we observe the “moona” and there is no remote that can fool you. As you grow, treat all new things this same way. Oh yeah and did I mention, girls dig guys who can figure things out.
Happy 2nd Birthday Jackson. You are my buddy and my inspiration. You have rekindled my love of puzzles and my fascination with the moon. I am already planning our first trip to the observatory on campus and the night we will lay beneath the stars and stare at the heavens. Not sure how I got so lucky to have your mom and dad gift me with you but I am sure I will not waste a minute of the time we have together.
Adventures await us Jackson. Follow the steps.