My Favorite thing about you:
Your need for exploration.
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You love to be an explorer, we've equipped you with much independence and a (very) healthy sense of curiosity. Or at least I like to believe it's us, though it's probably more a combination of your age and the fact that you're a boy. It's hard not to compare you to your sister, but at her age, and still, her hovering radius was and is, much smaller, she likes to be close. Yours is HUGE. Like, give-me-a-heart-attack-if-I-turn-for-one-second, huge. Wide open spaces and holding your hand are my BFFs right now. Crowds and parking lots are not (especially because you listen like a 3 year old <
This day we took a exploratory trip to the park (to get mail).
Your sister convinced you You needed to have your backpack, a ruler and a yard stick. Now, I'd like to tell you that I'd planned an educational experience where we measured things, and made observations, learned things, but in reality (if that's what you want to call it), they were your swords to fend off the bad guys. You know the boundaries at the park, yet push them every chance you get. You go down the hill, just out of my line of sight, you try to go in front of the mail boxes, and off to each far corner. You know there's a climbing toy there right? Just checking.
Kale loves to figure things out. I get it, again, it's like I'm raising him or something, he's like me. It won't be learned or absorbed if we don't do/find/observe/figure it out ourselves. We question things. A lot. Right now he's exploring his world in a very physical sense. It's a very age appropriate thing. That doesn't make it easy. Why can't they wait till they're like 25 and can at least fend for themselves before they go out and start pushing the limits of my safety bubble? What? It might drive me bonkers to have a 20 year old all up in my business? All. The. Time. Fine. Fifteen. I'm sure he'll be ready by then. For now, I'm stretching myself to give him the (safe) room to explore his little world. Before I know it, it'll be a great big world for him, and I hope he keeps exploring it. I also hope he drags his mom with every once in a while.
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