Have you ever met someone who seemingly wasn’t afraid of anything? Think back, you may have to pull deep from the memory banks on this one. I mean someone who no matter what situation they were facing, stood tall and tackled the problem without so much as batting an eye. You admire that person right? You watch them, paying close attention to their demeanor, trying to gain a sliver of that impeccable confidence that they portray. Well that’s how I’ve felt about Tre. Granted, his life experiences aren’t very broad, and he is always sheltered and protected from any true danger by either Fefe or myself. But in his little world, there are still many things that would frighten, torment, and plague the dreams of the toughest kid. I’ve always appreciated the fact that I had such a courageous little boy, it made me so proud. No matter how big or small the issue, Tre would poke out his chest and conquer whatever stood in his way. That is until a few weeks ago. A few weeks ago, Tre met his match, and I saw true fear struck into his heart for the first time in his short life. He had been terrorized and emotionally scarred in one fell swoop of a wing. The reason I say, “swoop of a wing” is because the thing that was able to successfully topple a fearless little boy is none other than a FLY.
Posted by Keith | Posted in Activities, Family, Ty | Posted on 14-09-2010
One of the rites of passage for a young child is losing those baby teeth that have been with them for the majority of their lives. Those same teeth that were used to chew their first piece of solid food, the teeth that have left bite marks on the arms of countless individuals because they didn’t know any better. Yup, losing a tooth means that the kid is finally growing up. Most children eagerly anticipate losing that first tooth, it can’t come out quick enough; because it means that they will then be an even bigger big kid (if that’s even possible). To those kids, I hang my head in shame. They are traitors and have no loyalty. How dare they be so quick to toss away the chompers that have been there for them through thick and thin. And for what, a few measly bucks from the “tooth fairy”, another notch on the belt of life? Any person that would part ways and give up years of trust and dedication for something so miniscule as money and fame is a very unscrupulous character in my book!
Posted by Keith | Posted in Activities, Family, Ty | Posted on 08-09-2010
Celebrating little things go a long way in a child’s eyes. It’s amazing how much joy they get from knowing that their achievements are being recognized. Positive reinforcement is something that sadly is often overlooked when people discuss disciplining their children. All the experts talk about how great it is and how it’s a necessary tool for raising awesome kids. But when you actually get down into the trenches, you find that a lot of parents forget about this tactic, even though they know how valuable it can be. I compare this phenomenon to going to war and defending my country. I could go through months of boot camp, excel in all of the training classes, and then when I get out on the battlefield and that first bullet whizzed by my head, I’d probably freak out, forget everything I learned and go with basic instinct, which is to fire blindly at anything moving. Not a very good strategy huh? Well I’m making an effort to shoot straight and line up my targets! (okay, enough war analogies).