Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power. ~Clint Eastwood
Respect is something earned and should be expected at the sames time. I’ve always taught Kyle to respect others, that includes their property and how he addresses them. Not only elders and authority figures, but also other children, pets, nature etc. However, I have also taught Kyle that respect is a two way street. Both parties need to walk down that street, it’s not just one sided. As with everything I expect from Kyle, I try to set by example.
Kyle really impresses me sometimes. This weekend we were back at Giant Eagle and Kyle started to help bag the groceries for the cashier. When our cashier would hand Kyle a bag of groceries to add to our cart (I Don’t Like to Push a Shopping Cart!), Kyle would look at the young man and say, “Thank you!” He said it with such confidence and almost second nature that it really made me open my eyes. Is this my little man? You know what? It is! He uses his manners, especially ‘Excuse Me’, when he passes someone or a group of people, ‘Yes Please’ when responding to a question, and naturally the ‘Thank You’. I’m not saying Kyle’s perfect, I do have to reinforce these with him periodically, but for the most part, he is a good little man!
In remembrance of September 11th, I wanted to share a cute little story about the tomb of the unknown soldier. For years now, since my sister moved into the D.C. Metro area, we have been going back and worth to Washington D.C. to visit her and to visit our nation’s capital. I know I’ve mentioned with every trip to Washington D.C., we manage to discover something new to explore, not taking in all the sights at once. On one of our trips, we toured Arlington Cemetery and witnessed the changing of the guards. Kyle was around four or five, so he was just a little tyke. Before we went to the tomb of the unknown soldier, we told Kyle that he needs to be quite and respectful. I remember thinking, ‘If Kyle was disturbing the crowd, then I would take him out of the area and we would go for a walk’. I also thought, ‘He would be so grounded for acting up in such an honorable place’. As a family, we discussed Kyle going to the ceremony and we believed it was an experience that he should be apart of, he just needed to be taught the correct way to behave. You know what? Kyle was an absolute perfect angel during the entire demonstration. He stood and watched the guards attentively. He was such a respectful little man, who made us all proud!
In honor of those how have survived, the families of the fallen and those who have perished during the tragedies of 9/11, may peace be with you. And to our soldiers who have fought and continue to fight for our freedom over the years, THANK YOU! You have my utmost respect and prayers. God Speed!