But I just had to focus on a few moments that I spent with my son this evening. I was tucking him in to bed, and sat down with him to chat and reconnect. I asked him about his first loose tooth. We expect it to come out in the next day or two. He said he is excited but a little nervous. He also told me that Annika has been really shy in church. She doesn't want to sing when they practice the songs they will be performing for the Christmas service. She finds an adult to hide near, and sucks her thumb. I suggested we might pray for her shyness, and asked if there was anything I could pray for for him. He said he'd like to play a sport like basketball or gymnastics, so he could become good enough to win a medal at the Olympics when he is older. He wouldn't care if it is gold or bronze, because he is really into minerals.
It was interesting for me to hear what was on his mind. He has not expressed much interest in learning sports, with the exception of taking Taikwando with his friend form school so he can kick and punch. I was grateful I took the time to talk and to ask him questions. He has always been strong in verbal communication, but I have found since he started going full time to school this fall, I have not had very much time with him to learn these sorts of things. I was grateful I sat with him long enough to talk a bit and get a window into his life. He's such a cool kid, and I hope we can stay close even as things get tougher in the pre-teen and teenage years.