Tuesday, April 13, 2010

to the boys

My sister gave birth to a baby boy last night. The first boy born to our family in 26 years. Only the third boy since my uncle, and he's, like in his 50s (I think).

I imagine the goal in raising a boy is the same as in raising a girl. I think you just want to raise a a decent, kind, caring, responsible human being. I know that's what my family does with the girls. I can't imagine the "boy goals" are different.

But, if I could, I'd like to make a suggestion, offer a blueprint, to guide this young soul though the craziness that is life on this planet.

That blueprint?

Lloyd Dobbler.

I truly believe that if all the boys had a manditory viewing of Say Anything (or several viewings) and were told "that's the goal, right there," this world would be a much better place.

If all the fellas were that kind, caring, compassionate, thoughtful, humble, gentlemanly...well, I think we'd all be fine.

And I am so not kidding.

tell it to me tuesday


Lyndsay said...

Congratulations Aunt Chocolate Girl!!

And I agree that the goals are the same... if we were ALL just kind, caring, compassionate, etc... we'd all be just fine.

PS - Tried to reply to your comment on my blog, but postmaster returned my email. ??

~L said...

I agree! I love Lloyd Dobbler and his sweetness. Or maybe I love John Cusack too, a chicago boy. Anyway, I have an 18 year old son who holds compassion and sensitivity and sweet smiles very close to his vest. We are blessed. Cheers to the gentlemen in our lives...who say anything!

Jade @ Tasting Grace said...

Congratulations!! And that is an awesome blueprint. I {heart} John Cusack. I too am blessed to have married a gentleman...if only more men were like that these days.

Actually, I agree with what you said. More PEOPLE should be like that. I just read a fabulous article about this very issue on a blog called The Art of Manliness. It was fantastic: http://artofmanliness.com/2010/04/06/modern-maturity-create-more-consume-less/

Stacia said...

Yes. And with Lloyd Dobbler comes Peter Gabriel and can you really go wrong with that combo??

Heart2Heart said...

I whole heartily agree with your advice. Too often we lack some really great role models for boys and this one is great!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

swonderful said...

Say Anything. I've seen in a million times and I still have to watch it again every time I catch a glimpse of it on TV. When I was 18-19 I went through a phase where I just adored Lloyd and had a picture of him hanging on my dorm wall that I would lovingly stare at. Okay, I'm getting embarrassed now.

swonderful said...

I love the part where his girl friends are like, "If you were Diane Court would you honestly fall for Lloyd?" and then they all slowly nod and say, yeah, yeah, I really would.