Sunday, March 15, 2009

Countdown to 40 ~ 9 Days

Dear Ralph,

There are only 9 more days until you turn 40! There have been lots of comments made about your "old" age lately, many with the intent to embarrass. Which is why I thought of this as one of your wonderful virtues:

I know it sounds kind of silly, but it's important nonetheless. With three tween/teens in the family, it's natural that at least one of them is embarrassed by their parents at any given time. But you do a really good job of not being one of those parents who purposely embarrasses their kids.

I think a lot of people forget how hard it is to be a teenager, yet you are really cognizant of that fact. You know how important it is for kids to feel like they fit in, and you try your best to help them with that, instead of just giving a pat parent answer about how they shouldn't care what other people think. (You know that teenagers are not logical people! :)

I know the boys might not say it, but I'm sure they are also very thankful for this virtue of yours.


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