This special guy's mother believes she's raising a man, not a boy-- and she's doing a great job of it.
He was four years old when he "baked" his Mama a pie for her birthday. She prefers cherry pie over cake and the little man knew this fact. He also knew he didn't have any cherries for his masterpiece, so he put "pretend" ones in to make it perfect.
You can only imagine the mess in the kitchen, flour everywhere, but he did it all by himself and the pride shows on his face.
Last night, the now teenage man/child, with his iPod plugged into his ears, made his Mama and me an entire dinner, almost all by himself-- Meatloaf, roasted carrots, baked potatoes and salad with homemade dressing. The kitchen was cleaned after he prepared the food, including sweeping the floor, and his apron was barely dirty. He set the table, head bouncing to the music, and waited patiently for the meal to be ready.
Once dinner was on the table, the iPod disappeared and he asked us about our day. We talked about possible plans for his upcoming summer vacation and who his favorite Food Network chef is. Then he cleared the table and hung out with us for the rest of the evening!
What did we do to deserve this special treatment? Nothing! There were no strings attached.
The meal was the result of his mother letting her son use his imagination starting at a young age, along with hefty doses of encouragement and patience on his Mom's part, as he experimented in the kitchen. He's become quite the chef and enjoys regularly receiving requests for his famous meatloaf, mac and cheese, garlic bread, pastas and brownies.
Someday, this kid is going to be someone's husband and I think he'll be a really good one. He's learning how to take care of himself, he knows how to engage in a conversation with others, he's been known to stop by a flower shop to bring his Mama a bunch of daffodils or peonies, he knows the importance of showing appreciation and gratitude and he's a natural in the kitchen. I'd say that's a great start!
How about you-- Pie or cake?
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