Janet and I have been talking a lot lately about our expectations of William as he grows into adulthood. Part of me always feels bad for having expectations. I know intellectually my son is his own being, meant to create his own path and ultimate destination- so perhaps, instead of phrasing them "our expectations of William", I should call them "traits we desperately hope we can impart to him". In that spirit:
Traits we desperately hope we can impart to him
1. Fearlessness- If something scares him, we want him to know how to address the fear, dissect it, and conquer it.
2. Protection- He should have an unshakable sense of right and wrong in the treatment of others. He should stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
3. Respect- He should know how to behave towards others, always keeping the golden rule in mind.
4. Self sufficiency- He should know how to do “stuff” and when he doesn’t, he should know how to locate resources to figure whatever out.
3 years ago