Remember and Remind

July 3, 2010

We’re driving down to freshman orientation at the University of Florida next Wednesday (7th). In the two days that will follow, T.J. is going to be given an overload of information about what it means to be in college. While this is going on, I’m going to remember and remind.

I’m going to remember the time he first recognized my voice. I’m going to remind myself that I’ve been grooming him to find his.

I’m going to remember the first time he walked across the room into my waiting arms. I’m going to remind myself that those same two feet will walk him toward a bright future.

I’m going to remember the time he held my index finger so tightly on his first day of Kindergarten. I’m going to remind myself that those same hands will create a new and unique greatness in this world.

I’m going to remember the time he wanted me to take him driving for the first time and how proud he was that I applauded his skills. I’m going to remind myself that he always will need that pat on the back or nod of approval.

I’m going to remember how painful it was watching him watch his mother die of cancer. I’m going to remind myself that she is always within him.

I’m going to remember how I feel right now, watching him begin the next step of his journey. I’m going to remind myself that he always knows where home is.

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