Sent this email to Josh Downs a couple weeks back while he was over in Klamath at Guard Duty, but it's been on my mind a lot lately for some reason:
"You are raising up a man that I could not have raised on my own...
- Last night while we were watching TV, he hopped up really quickly and ran to the front door. When I asked him what he was doing, he said that he heard a click at the front door and wanted to make sure no one was trying to get in.
- Today when we left the house to go running, I noticed him playing with something in his pocket - then I noticed it was his pocket-knife (which he apparently brought in case anything unsafe happened on our run.)
- Then while we were running on the sidewalk, he was a few steps ahead of me and before entering the road, he slowed down, put both of his hands back (as if to keep me where I was to make sure I was safe,) looked both ways, and then waved to me once he decided it was ok for me to enter the road.
I know our approach to parenting is sometime different and that I use more words, while you use more actions, but thank you for teaching him by example, things I could have never taught him with words."