we’re gonna make man out of you…

March 10, 2010

now that we are more aware of how much of an impact the everyday little things are on the forming of a boy into a man, we are trying to give dawson as many opportunities as we can. he has taken his new job of locking the door at night very seriously and hasn’t missed a night.  he doesn’t even need reminded.  in fact, he has been doing his little nighttime walk through right after supper some nights.

last night, brian was putting new brake pads on the van.  usually this is something that he would just go do on his own, but last night dawson john was out on the garage floor with his dad.  he learned about brake pads and routers.  he pulled the tire off himself and helped to fasten the nuts back on.  and when they came in, brian was very excited in telling me just how strong dawson is… which brought a delightful smile, with a hint of pride to dawson’s young face, as they stood side by side at the sink washing their hands with GOOP. …  my little tender heart… who now looks me in the eye, has broken into the 100+ pound range, grows an average of 1/4-1/2  inch a month and wears his cap backwards just like his daddy.  I can practically see him growing right in front of me!

we’re gonna make a man out of him.  not a guy. (as we heard at the parenting seminar over the weekend)  not that locking doors or changing brake pads make anyone a ‘man’, but the principles behind them do.  we want him to know how to protect and provide for his family someday… Lord willing. 

even though it is exciting to see him grow and change and become a fine young man, somehow it also makes my mama’s heart a little sad…  it is hard to see them grow.  and it happens so fast.  it really does seem like he was about knee-high, calling himself “see-son” not that long ago.   God give me the strength and the courage to keep training this boy in the way he should go.  help us to make him into a man.  I love him so…

Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.  In everything set them a good example by doing what is good.  In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned… Titus 2:6-8

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.  Proverbs 22:6

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One Response to “we’re gonna make man out of you…”

  1. Megan said

    Great picture! These are the experiences that will stay with him as he grows, fixing the car with Dad. Besides a lesson in responsibility and taking care of your things, what a great bonding moment for your guys. 🙂

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