I feel like I should write some awe-inspiring, thought-provoking, poetic post that recaps my past year or invites my new year.
I’m going to go ahead and not do that.
I don’t need that kind of pressure. And, honestly, I just don’t want to. But here’s something I would like to share.
I’ve had a lot of ups and downs this year. I’ve had wonderful days. I’ve had horrible days. *yawn* Who hasn’t? I’ve also learned a lot from my experiences throughout the year.
Of all the things I’ve learned, however, the greatest was unintentional. That’s my favorite kind.
My 8-yr-old son, who is beautiful and kind, thoughtful and sensitive, smart and funny, is also a bit quirky. He struggles. He has difficulties. Still, he is all of those things I mentioned. He is also strong. Not physically. It’s his inner strength that amazes me. And, somehow, he doesn’t use that strength to shield himself or block out the world.
To others, he may seem weak or unsure or odd or insecure but he is not. He is the strongest person I know.
I will go into the New Year holding a picture in my mind and attempting to keep its message with me. Because, at forty-one years old, I needed to be taught by my 8-yr-old son.
This shirt is the lesson. The fact that my son picked this out himself when he was seven is the lesson. That he wears it with confidence is the lesson. He is my lesson.