He, is my other dad - the one I caught when I married AJ.
And he raised three boys, so he knows.
I think I was rolling my eyes at the childish antics and goofy laughs
of my boys who are becoming aware of how wonderfully witty they are.
Who's minds are opening to the possibility that there are fewer boundaries
than they thought, and more worlds to conquer than they imagined.
They are growing into solo fishing trips which take them further down stream,
and the privilege of piloting their own canoe on the lake.
Of staying up later than the rest,
and sipping coffee now and then.
They invent things,
then build them,
then try them out.
They are sure their ideas have never been thought of,
and that there's a better way to do everything,
and limitations exist only in the lack of funds.
Remember the exhilaration of those first freedoms?
Remember how simple life was?
I sure appreciate the words of a dad who knows how fast it really goes.
Perhaps he's enjoying it even more this time around, but I want to
be sure and heed his wisdom:
"Enjoy it... enjoy them! It's gone so quickly."
This picture story is about Clayton and the launching of his "second watercraft".
As you can see, it attracted every other boy at the lake. There is a built-in
need to conquer, and all boys recognize it's call.
I'm pretty certain that this kind of thing
is at the beginning of every great man.