· When you are talking with someone, make eye contact. Hold it.
· Ask the other person questions about his/her self. For example, I asked John Henry, “What are some things that make you scared or nervous about starting Kindergarten?”
· Listen when another person is talking.
· Sometimes, it’s necessary to forget about my “to-do” lists, e-mails that await my response, blogs to write, and just BE with my son.
· When a conversation shifts gears from the first day of school to which dinosaurs ate meat, go with it.
· The seemingly meaningless conversations mean something – TIME.
· Invest into other people’s lives.
· Just because you’re a good-looking kid doesn’t mean you don’t have insecurities. (I am obviously biased, but have you seen my son? Those eyes? That complexion?)
· As human beings, we need pure, unadulterated physical touch with others.
· Smile at other people. You don’t know what kind of day they are having. (John Henry is concerned that when he smiles to his new friends, they may not smile back.)
· The only thing better than a hug and a kiss goodnight are two hugs and two kisses.
· And finally, be glad that a snapping turtle doesn’t have a long neck else it might turn around and snap your hand while picking him up. (And, that was John Henry’s final thought.)
And, then we said “I love you” and “Goodnight.”