Charlie excelled in high school and we are very proud of his accomplishments. But this is my blog not his, so let's talk about me.
I have had many roles in Charlie's life. I was the principal of our home school. I stayed at home when he was in first to fifth grade and was his main teacher. I helped him learn to read. I taught him how to ride a bike. I've been his coach, his youth group leader for 6 years. We have gone on two mission trips together and he has even been my co-worker at a local movie theatre.
Our relationship has changed quite a bit over the years. I've gone from his hero to the embarrassing guy with the bad puns. This year has been a transition year as he prepares for whatever the next chapter of his life is going to be and I get use to the notion that he will be penning these chapters almost entirely on his own. I've been trying to step back from a leadership role in his life to an advisory one. Something I've been getting a little better at lately, mainly because I was doing it so very badly to begin with.
Before I end this post with some uncaptioned glimpses from over the years, I will share a hopeful anecdote. Over the past few years Charlie has taken up walking, running and cycling: 3 activities I've really enjoyed in my life. Last Sunday, he went cycling with a friend from the youth group and they dropped by the house on a way to a local park to toss a frisbee around. Frisbee is another thing I really enjoy, I walked out to the front yard to say hi and bye when Charlie invited me to come and play frisbee with them. I'm crying even now as I recall how overwhelmed I was by the invitation. I went and I had a great time and I think they did as well. I hope this is just one of many activities that Charlie and I will enjoy together in the years to come. Not only as father and son but as adults, and as friends.