I've been enjoying a week of rest and silence at home as my boys are with their father for a bit. I miss them terribly but have welcomed the relaxing break. I forgot how nice it is to sleep with "both ears closed," so to speak. I've been hearing their Star Wars themed daycamp adventure stories every evening in our nightly phone conversations. Ethan has set some world records this week for lengthiest phone call made by an almost 7 year old. Did I just say 7 year old?! Wait, that can't be right. I'm not old enough to have a 7 year old! Have I mentioned how quickly time passes?!
During one of the evening conversations, Preston made a bold prediction. He asked me if I knew who the 3 greatest athletes in the world were. "No, tell me," I replied. Matter of factly (and with a little frustration because I obviously should have known the answer immediately) he says, "Really? Mommy?" .....brief pause, hoping I'll come to my senses and answer his question correctly..... "You know Peyton Manning is one. And of course, Michael Jordan is one." Of course, Manning and Jordan*. Everyone knows that. So I excitedly ask him who rounds out the top 3 best athletes in the world. Again, candidly and confidently (and with more pride than frustration) he exclaims, "Preston M-----! Peyton Manning, Michael Jordan, and Preston M----- are the 3 greatest athletes in the world, Mommy!"
Talk about shooting for the moon. That's okay, though. With his confidence, coordination, and drive, I have no doubt he will be a great athlete if he chooses to be. Whether he'll be one of the greatest in the world- we'll leave that discussion for another day. I'm reminded of an anonymous quote I recently came across, "God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them."
So here's to growing into our dreams! And here's to hoping everyone has a wonderful, summer weekend!
*For the record, I realize Michael Jordan might not be the best role model a kid could have. He's had his share of indiscretions over the years, but hey - the man can fly! I'm just happy he didn't include himself in a group with Tiger Woods!