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.