Over the weekend one of my dear friends gave birth to her first child. She and I grew up together and were nearly inseparable throughout grade school and junior high. Neither of us is at all biased, so believe me when I tell you her baby boy is pretty freaking perfect. I’ve had acquaintances from college start families, but she is the first friend to become a mom. So it’s understandable that I may have gone a wee bit overboard when it came to buying gifts for the new baby, including six pairs of shoes. But it was so much fun, and so exciting to think of that little dude rocking a pair of superman sneakers that I just couldn’t help myself. Now he’s here, and although I haven’t met him in person yet (his mom has been gracious enough to frequently text me pictures), that hasn’t stopped me from thinking about him, his parents, and all the great things life holds for him. As you may remember, I’m a fan of wishes, so here then are my wishes for little baby ACE.
I wish for you grand adventures. Whether it’s travelling the world or getting accidentally locked in a closet (ask your mom or your Uncle Jason about that), adventures make the best stories. Decades later the memory of a great adventure will still be worth telling, and re-telling. And adventures always teach you something, it might be a philosophical truth, or an as yet-undiscovered aspect of your personality, or it might be something less deep, like the fact that some closet doors lock from the inside. Regardless, have adventures, have lots of them, and tell me stories.
I wish for you a sense of humor. Both of your parents are hilarious, so I don’t think there’s any danger that you won’t have a great sense of humor. Your dad is laugh-out-loud funny and your mom has the patience to wait 45 minutes for the perfect moment of comedic timing. I hope you laugh together as a family, I hope you laugh with your friends, I hope you laugh at yourself. Just never at someone else’s expense. Be kind in your humor and laugh often.
I wish for you a questioning mind. The world is full of people who want to tell you what to think and believe; people who know with all certainty that they are right and others are wrong. The truth is things are more complex than these people would often have you believe. There are shades of grey and degrees of truth, and what is true for one person may not be true for another. I hope you learn to take it all in and think for yourself. Beware of anyone who claims to know everything. Except your parents. They really do know it all.