My favorite thing about you is:
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Not necessarily physically, although to ask you, you'd say you're the strongest person in the world. But strong in character. To be strong in your character at this age is no small accomplishment. You know right from wrong and in your world, it's pretty black and white. There is good and evil, and you unfailingly fall on the side of good. You're like a preschool superhero. I should make you a cape.
Everyday when we pick you up from school, we turn the music off in the car and do our best to have a good long conversation about your day. What was your favorite part? Was it a good day? What did you have for snack? Did anything bother you? With your sister this conversation almost always lasted the whole way home. With Kale, if I can squeeze 5 minutes and anything more than one word answers, I chalk that up in the win column. The win column has very few points in it. But Friday afternoon, you had lots to tell me.
Here was (according to my memory) a recounting of the conversation:
Me: So what did you do today?
Kale: We went outside (a VERY common qualifier of a good day).
Me: Oh yeah? What did you do out there?
Kale: I told *Boy* to stop teasing my buddy!
Me: What was he doing to your buddy to tease her?
Kale: He was saying mean words.
Me: That's great that you saw someone being mean to another person and you told them to stop. That's a very big boy thing to do. It's important to stand up to people being mean to others. Buddies or not.
Kale: What does stand up mean?
Me: Uhh... You saw something you knew was wrong, and you did your best to make it right.
Kale: Oh, yeah. I did that.
I was so proud at that moment I wanted to cry. Kale is significantly bigger than this other boy, and sometimes (at home) he forgets his words and uses his actions instead. Jeeze, is that a montessori sentence or what?! But this time, when it counted, he used his words and stopped the boy. You hope as a parent that you're raising good kids. On the whole, if I could pick the characteristics of my kids, cute and athletic would be pretty far down on the list. Are they good people? Hard workers? Smart? Do they make good choices? That's what I'm after. Someone, who, when I turn them loose to the big wide world, will contribute to the greater good. Productive members of society. Now, here's where I jinx myself: I think we're on the right track.
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