Ever wonder if your kids pick up on the things that you do? Ever scare you to death? Something happened this weekend to remind me just how much those little eyes watch us. Austin and I ran to the local hardware store and just like most Saturday’s, I was dressed in the usual Saturday attire. You know what I am talking about guys. Jeans that are so worn out that they make toilet paper seem sturdy, a shirt that is one good stretch away from being next week’s dust rag and my customary “Hat to the back”.
As we were walking into the store, I noticed that “mini-me” had fallen behind me a little bit. As I glanced back I noticed that he was, very slowly, flipping his “Sponge Bob” hat around so the bill was in the back. When he caught me looking at him. He quickly removed it so I wouldn’t notice. Before the end of the day, he was officially wearing his hat backwards and showing anyone that could see it! Great right? Right…Well all until I really think about this being more than just about a hat. Maybe I am reading to much into this (which happens a lot you know), but how important is what I say and do, knowing that someone else is going to follow my lead?
There is a song by Phillips, Craig and Dean that says “right now, from where he stands, I may seem mighty tall. But it’s only ’cause I am learning form the best Father of them all”. It goes on to say “Help me be a living bible Lord that my little boy can read. I wanna be just like you, ’cause he wants to be like me“. It seems that every time we have moments like Saturday, I am reminded of my very scary place as his father. Ever wonder if you can be that kind of role model when you are just a kid (at heart) yourself? I tease Heather that she is raising 2 boys. All teasing aside, I am thankful for having that system of “checks and balances” to keep me on the right track. It makes you check even the smallest things, like your hat to the back!