I want to see you game, boys. I want to see you brave and manly, and I also want to see you gentle and tender.
Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.
Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to a successful life.
Character in the long run is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.
~ Theodore Roosevelt
On Sunday my boy embarks on his first overnight camp experience. I hope and pray for his safety, health, and happiness first, but my next hope and prayer are that when he finds himself without extended parental or grandparental guidance for the first time, he remembers all we've taught him.
Remember who you are, Will. Even when I'm not there to remind you, remember to be strong and brave AND gentle and tender. Remember to be practical and generous. Remember to dream big but to ground those dreams in reality. Remember to do the right thing even when you're scared, work hard, make good choices, and be a good person.
Oh, and remember that your mama loves you. I don't think Teddy would mind me throwing that one in there at the end.