Friday, August 03, 2007

My Shout-Out to Boys

These pictures of Jonny with his very first catch remind me of the great privilege it is to raise sons.

One of my favorite quotes is: "You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes even if it's just in your eyes." Love that.

I am especially saddened, though, when I see a culture dismissing boys as "noise covered with dirt." Walking through a department store, I'm disgusted by the idiotic things manufacturers put on T-shirts for boys. The girls department isn't any better, for that matter.

I understand the desire for the "snips, snails, and puppy dog tails" tradition to continue. Boys ARE noisy. They ARE dirty. That's who they are. But that's not ALL they are.

Boys are great at being honest. Boys like life to be simple and predictable. Boys like to be tickled and wrestled with and thrown up in the air until they can't see straight. It doesn't take much to make a boy happy.

And I love girls, too, but I just had to send out my respects to boys. God love ya.


Janine said...

Boys are Joys!

fetzer said...

awesome post. your boys are blessed to have a mom who who fully appreciates them.

Holly said...

boys ROCK! I find it funny bc b4 I had kids, I was dead set on only having girls. Then, I dreamt that Jaden was a boy, and I've been hooked ever since. They are wonderful little people!!

*Kelli* said...

This is too cute! Did Jonathan catch that fish?? OH I MISS THAT LITTLE GUY! PS. I'm sure anyone with boys would agree with your thoughts.

Rachel said...

To tell you the truth, when we found out Malachi was going to be a boy, I thought, "WHAT am I going to do with a boy?! They're ALL rowdy and loud and dirty. That's too much for me." I had TOTALLY bought into all of the hype you're talking about. But I soon found out, I was sooo wrong about boys. And even if I was even a LITTLE bit right, God's used Malachi to teach me soo many things about life and about myself that I never would've learned otherwise. Besides, as you well know, Madison is a lot of times WAY louder and rowdier than some boys I know anyway!

Jeannie said...

Yup, Jonny caught this fish all by himself! Daddy stood close by, but J-Man takes all the credit. Daddy starts 'em early!