10 things that I want my sons to know.
1. I don't try to be mean. I'm hurt when you're mean to each other or lie to me and it makes me respond with strong emotion.
2. I don't expect perfection except from myself. I want you to make mistakes. I want you to own them and recognize them. Don't hide them. I should probably take my own advice on this. But especially where it comes to you boys I get frustrated when I am not perfect.
3. You're special. You're unique. This doesn't mean that you're better than others. You may not even know yet what makes you unique. (You probably won't find it in a video game) This doesn't mean that rules and social graces don't apply to you. It's up to you to show why you're unique to the world and work hard to shine that spark to everyone.
4. I'm not perfect. (You probably already guessed it) That's it.
5. I love your mother. She's my sweetheart. She's my fantasy. She's all of my dreams come true and you all came from her. She's not perfect either.
6. Life can be hard. Try to fight that and it will beat you down. But try to use it's unyielding momentum and you're going to get strong. You'll work to stay on top of it and you'll go farther than you can dream.
7. I believe in God. I know he sent his son to help us to return to him. Others have their beliefs but these are mine. I hope you have some of your own someday.
8. Flatulence is only funny to some people like us. Respect other's belief that it is not.
9. Dream big. Reach for the stars. All of those clichéd saying. Yeah, do it. You're going to fail at lots of things. You'll have bigger take aways from bigger dreams even if they fail.
10. I love you. Once again, that's all. It doesn't go away.