What I wish for my son

Today is the last “official” day of my son living under our roof as a dependent. He heads off to college tomorrow for the first time.

I knew this day was going to come, I just didn’t believe it would arrive so quickly. Like they say, time flies. I have some concerns. Like, was I the best father he could have? Was my influence on his life positive and impactful? Did he learn anything substantial from me? In other words, have I left a significant legacy?  Though flawed, disordered, and error riddled as it was, I think I have.

With this momentous occasion here is what I wish for my son, in no particular order:

  • The ability to be grateful for something every day.
  • To laugh long, and laugh hard.
  • The courage to apologize
  • The humility to weep and not be ashamed
  • Time to quiet the soul and just “be”
  • A few friends that will be fully vulnerable and fully available
  • A vocation that makes a difference while making a living
  • A rich faith that relies on God always
  • To break some rhythms, routines, and personal rules
  • To strengthen other people
  • A generous heart
  • Wealth that knows its responsibility to the world
  • Love that never fails
  • Hours in a bike saddle riding the Colorado Rockies
  • Really good coffee

These are just a few of the things I wish for my son. He’s got a future so bright, he’s got to wear shades.

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