Dear Jack,

Your character and maturity always astound me. You have so much compassion for others.

Last week at gymnastics, one of the boys there, Eric, is known for saying rude things and inappropriate words.  And for some reason, he began a conversation with you, saying that he’s bullied a few people at school, and now, the popular kids, and his friends, aren’t speaking to him anymore. And you patted him on the shoulder and said, ‘Well, you may have lost all your friends, but you have a friend right here’.

I know that you don’t completely understand what he’s talking about yet, and it’s probably because you don’t go to public school.  But you showed kindness to someone whom you knew to be unkind. And that’s pretty impressive for a 10 year old.


Yesterday you were at the sitter’s for the day, so Dad could go to his meeting, and I could have some alone time, and she handed you a book on religions. And you hesitated, concerned that maybe it wasn’t appropriate for you. So you decided to look up Christianity. And it said that these people believe in one God, and we believe that He sent His Son to earth and He died for us.  And you said to A, that it wasn’t completely accurate because we don’t need to just believe, we need to accept Jesus into our hearts. And A said, ‘Well, everyone has their own opinion.’ And instead of arguing with her, you thought to yourself, ‘I’ll be quiet now’.

So I’m proud of you. You could have argued with her and it could have pushed her away. But you didn’t. And you were respectful because she is older than you.

Bravo, sir.


Have I mentioned lately, how much you make me laugh? Ohmygoodness, you always make me laugh. You still speak in that crazy voice and try to imitate me, with my big, frizzy hair and my stomping around.

I hope your wife laughs.  Because you shouldn’t marry her if you can’t make her laugh.  That would be a very boring life.

I love you, crazy-pants.