December 3, 2010

A few words about our great communicator...

Our son Scott is a young man of few words who also tends to choose them very carefully.  He doesn’t talk about himself much or speak just to hear the sound of his own voice, unlike so many teenage boys.  But when he speaks, people listen.  He is a natural communicator, despite what his relative silence might imply.  He has always had a way of drawing one in when he tells a story or shares his thoughts on a subject, but it’s been all the more evident since his younger siblings joined our family.  They hang on his every word.  Some of that is just admiration for a great older brother, but it is also because his words are worth listening to.
His ability to express things so well to them is something I’ve appreciated from the very beginning of his role as a big brother, because he uses his powers for good and not evil.  He entertains them with stories, but he also helps them understand things at times when our parental explanations do not suffice.  He sets a good example for them in how he lives his life, as I’ve mentioned before, but he also knows how to get things across to them in ways to which they can relate.  Scott has a strong aptitude for foreign languages, and it can be very handy when translating from Middle-aged Parent to Gradeschooler, both of which he understands and speaks fluently.
And so in honor of our great communicator, I will be a woman of few words here today, which is contrary to my nature.  I’ll just say how much I love, admire, and am thankful for this son of ours and the important role he plays in our family and in the lives of those around him.

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