10 Things

10 Things I Want My Son to Know
Be brave. Every day is a new adventure. Some days will be easy, and others will be scary, but that’s okay! You are strong and capable and prepared for everything that comes your way. And on days that you don’t feel like you are? That’s what I’m here for.
Being smart doesn’t make you a nerd. If anyone tells you otherwise, just brush it off and know that this person will probably peak in high school and spend the rest of his life working at McDonald’s.
I don’t know everything. Even though I will probably spend most of your childhood pretending that I do, I don’t have all the answers. There will be times when you will have to find them for yourself.
Be a gentleman. Or I will cut it off.
You are going to do great things. Whether you aspire to be a prima ballerina or feed a third world country, know that I will always, always, always cheer you on.
Work hard for the things that you want. It builds character. So many people grow up with a sense of entitlement, like the world owes them something, and I think it’s kind of sad. Handouts are for losers. Your father and I have worked hard for everything we have. Don’t be ashamed to accept hand-me-down furniture and live on Ramen Noodles for a while– everyone starts somewhere. And after you bust your butt for a little while to buy your first couch or TV or whatever? Just think how proud you’ll be.
You will always be my sweet little boy. Period. Even when you’re 6’4″ and all grown up, I will still think of you as my little man.
Never stop exploring. Whether it means simply venturing outside of the sandbox or driving across the country, do everything you can to experience the world around you (but be responsible and please don’t give your poor mother a heart attack). The teacher in me will be the first to say we learn best by finding things for ourselves. The mother in me will need to be reminded of that once in a while =]
Be kind. It’s the oldest saying in the book, but you should always treat others the way you want to be treated. Hold the door open. Tip generously. Send thank-you cards. It’s the little things that mean the most.
I will always love you. Even when you do stupid things (you will) and I freak out (I will), know that there is nothing you can do to make me stop loving you. You are my heart.

Author: Erica the Great

Wife, momma, teacher, and a twenty-something for a little while longer. Every day, I'm a lot of things for a lot of people. This space? It's just for me.

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