June 7, 2010

Dear Jack, Month 36

Dear Jack,

You turned three last week, and to be honest . . . it's about time. It feels as if you've been three for months, and it's weird to think that last week at this time you were still technically two. Two seems so young. So little.

And you're not little any more.

You're growing up. You ask all the time what you need to do to grow up. I tell you the usual . . . eat your veggies, get lots of exercise and plenty of sleep. You want to know how long it will take when you ask "When will I be grown up?"

And that's a question to which I don't have an answer. Sometimes, I don't even feel that grown up. In fact, there are still things that I do sometimes that make me "feel" grown up as if I'm not actually an adult during all the other times of my life. The truth is, someday you'll be my age . . . a bigger, more mature version of who you are now. And you'll think to yourself, "I remember when my mom was 31." But you'll remember me as being much older than you'll feel then.

I guess my point is . . . don't be in a hurry to grow up. Enjoy each stage as it comes. It all passes so fast. When I was getting ready to graduate from high school, and sensing that life was about to drastically change and realizing that I could never go back, I asked my mom what her favorite stage of life was, and if she missed high school. In retrospect, I think she was trying to stifle a laugh when she said that each stage had something new and fun and that every stage just got better. I didn't understand it then, but I get it now.

I won't promise that every stage in life will get progressively better for you, because sometimes life doesn't work that way. But I will promise you (because the Bible tells us so) that if you spend your days following Jesus and serving him faithfully, you will one day be rewarded.

I know I've already rambled a lot, but I have one more thing that I really need to say on the subject of growing up: You're so lucky to have a man like your Dad to look up to. Not every mother can say that she hopes her boys grow up to be like their father, but I can. Watch him. Learn from him. He's certainly not perfect, but he loves God with his whole heart and has so much he can teach you. I hope you'll appreciate what a fantastic father you have.

I love you, Jack.


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