As our three boys get older, I continue to be fascinated by their emerging personalities.
Our eight year-old is cautious. He always has been. He loves reading and is innately
protective, which are great personality traits for the oldest of five siblings to have.
Our six year-old son is extremely inquisitive and observant. He also is a conservationist.
Whether it be a broken tricycle seat or a trapped moth, if something can be saved he is
going to attempt to save it. He exudes a love of life and an energy level that will leave
you in awe.
Our four year-old son is bold in every way. He rides atop my legs in the classic game
of “airplane” with a hold that goes unrivaled. I shake, tip and rock him in every direction
possible, but that boy is going nowhere. He stays glued, determined to set a new record
for the longest airplane ride on momma’s legs.
When the three of our boys interact it is always an entertaining scene. The other night
our oldest son noticed a spider. He was concerned over what type it was and whether or
not it was poisonous. Our second son leaned in to get a good look and try to determine
how to remove the spider without killing it. Suddenly, from clear across the other side of
our kitchen, their young brother opened our spoon drawer, grabbed a ladle and charged
in. With a loud, “HI-YA” he quickly slammed down the ladle and whacked the poor thing
clear across the other side of the room. Our oldest boys and I stood, wide-eyed at the
sight. There was nothing more to do but laugh.
Watching our boys’ emerging personalities is a true joy. They make mistakes and have
flaws, but that is not what matter most. Good traits and good times. Those are what
matter most. Mistakes can be forgiven. There is grace for flaws. Whack out the bad. Hold
on to the good. Hold on to it like a four year-old boy determined to set the record for the
longest airplane ride on momma’s legs.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.