The picture of persistence

He’s cute. He’s sweet. He’s funny. He’s also been a handful lately. I have never met a more persistent and determined person.

I really wish I’d had more of his attitude when I was a kid. I was always intimidated by the idea of trying something new or arguing my case about something I wanted. I really wanted to try out for the volleyball team when I was in high school, but I figured they’d say no because I wasn’t tall enough.

When I was 17 I scored an interview for a great opportunity at a local bank. It would have been a much better job than most of the part-time gigs kids my age were working. But everyone would have had to wait for me to total up the numbers and balance everything out at the end of the day, and that kind of pressure scared me. So I worked at a movie theater instead.

This kid? I really doubt he’ll settle for anything less than what he wants or what he feels he should have. Although that trait can be a bit trying coming from a 4-year-old who thinks he doesn’t have to go to bed at night or eat dinner without throwing his food or sit quietly while someone is on the phone, I think it’s going to serve him well as he tackles life head-on.