Another "proud papa" moment  

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M
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9/2/2005 7:38 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Another "proud papa" moment

I'm not sure how it happened, but it seems I'm raising a big-hearted kid.

About 200 hundred families, refugees from the Gulf Coast, have been relocated to our town. The children have been enrolled in the local schools. They need pretty much everything.

The other day my son cleaned out his closet and loaded up two bags of his old clothes to take to them. No one told him to do this. He saw the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina on TV and heard about the kids coming to town and wanted to do something.

Now he wants one of the kids to come stay with us. He doesn't have anyone specific in mind. He says we've got room for one kid. "He can stay in my room." I'm not sure it works that way. I think the relief agencies want to keep families together. That makes sense, as too many families have been torn apart by this disaster. And we don't have the room to take in a whole family.

Still, I love it that his heart is in the right place.

It's hard to be objective about your own child, but one has to try. I don't think I'm blind to my son's faults. He can be a little flaky sometimes, and a little forgetful, and a little hyper. I worry that his good intentions are going to cause him a lot of pain. He's a little mystery to me. But he's got a great heart. And I'm very proud of him for what he did this week.

rm_pootle47 58F

9/2/2005 3:09 pm

Forgetful, flaky and hyper. He sounds like all of my kids.
These are all signs of intelligence you know. The brain is an amazing thing and forms it's connections in the oddest way. My elder daughter could discuss supernovas and black holes at his age but couldn't tie her shoe laces for love nor money.

Boys can be soft, sensitive creatures. As he grows older he will probably learn he needs to grow a skin over this in the jungle of school. My son affects this odd macho persona with this friends that simply isn't there with girls or his family.

Boys are fascinating creatures. I say this because I never was one. He is new and wonderful to me. The worst bit is I know life is going to kick him in the heart many times and there's absolutely nothing I can do about it, except give him space to grow and love him. Boys seem to need more nurturing than girls.

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

9/4/2005 4:04 pm

Did I say my son is flaky? He understands how hurricanes are formed. He understands the implications of a storm of that magnitude. He understands how much the people of the Gulf Coast are hurting. But now he thinks the biggest danger awaiting them is ... sea monsters!

Of course, he could be joking. It's hard to tell with him sometimes. But he's clearly developing a nimble wit. Yesterday at lunch he asked if he could get some extra bread. "Sure," I said. "Knock yourself out." Whereupon he balled his hand into a fist, bonked himself on the head, and pretended to be unconscious. I started to ask him if he was pulling my leg, but I was afraid of his reaction.

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