dash is starting preschool next week. up until now his education has been mainly something that we are responsible for but next week teachers and other students will start to shape him into the man he will be. i am hopeful that preschool and his early learning experiences will be positive and help him develop a life long love of learning. but there are some things that i want to teach this kids that they probably won't learn in school.
1. laugh. laugh loud and long. sometimes laugh when you feel like you are going to cry. humor can get you through some of the hardest things. I want them to be able to see the hilarity in some of the mundane everyday life things. life is funny.
2. good friends do not judge or try to change you. good friends will tell you that you look ridiculous wearing a fedora but won't care if you continue to wear it. good friends will spend hours just hanging out doing nothing at all. best friends are like family and some last forever.
3. they won't win everything. sometimes you just fail. you won't make the baseball team, you don't get the promotion, you lose your job, your girlfriend dumps you right before the 7th grade dance. it can't always go your way and it might suck for a little bit but then it is done and there will be something bigger and better waiting for them. maybe they will suck at baseball and instead be really good at writing short stories or singing in glee club. (doubtful given their genes) who knows but i am going to give them the chance to find out what it is!
5. I have a fortune framed in my kitchen from a fortune cookie I opened 10 years ago as a sophomore in college. It says "Stay True to the Dreams of Your Youth". I want them to always live with their hearts ... be happy in their own shoes. I don't want them to make choices just to please me - I want them to be truly happy in every thing they do. I want them to think that if they want to be the freakin' president of the United States than they will be the President!
6. I want them to know that right now they are our entire world. they are so young and precious and innocent and they deserve to be loved like crazy. They deserve our attention and our hugs and our kisses and everytime I say "yes" to one more time when I really really really want to be saying "no". they are babies and pretty soon they won't be so if one more time down the slide or one more really long walk around the block or one more really yummy cookie puts a smile on their faces - where's the harm in that!