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23.2.11

When you grow up.....

I’ve always enjoyed reading the stories where mothers write to their 16/18 year old son or daughter.

I wanted to put my own spin on it and instead of writing a letter, which I would eventually like to do, I wanted to write about what I want my son to be and to be like when he grows up.

Charles:
When you grow up, I want you to be:

A caring man who thinks about others and will help others. Someone who everyone can rely on, who everyone is pleased to see. I want you to be a pillar of the community, or be someone who everyone is aware of, in a positive way. 
I want you to have a job you enjoy, and put your all into.
I want you to have a constant smile on your face and to enjoy life. To soldier on no matter what life throws at you.

I want you to be passionate, not just about work but about anything you put your mind to.
I want you to be proud of yourself, even over tiny things that may not matter to anyone else.
I don't necessarily want you to be popular, or have a huge group of friends, but I want you to have some special friendships, some friends you can rely on 100%, who will never let you down. 
I want you to be successful, not necessarily by earning lots of money, but by succeeding in whatever you put your mind to. 
I want you to be passionate, to know exactly what you want.
I want you to be a good judge of character, and to never have to experience anyone letting you down or hurting you.
I want you to be confident, I want you to stand up for what you believe in, but to also have an open mind and allow other people to express their opinions and to listen to what other people have to say and believe in also.
I want you to be interested in the world, interested to know where you come from, interested in your life as a little boy. 
I want you to be interested in all the photographs we have ever taken of you and of all of us a family. I want you to be interested in all of the places we've been, and to want to do the same with your family.
I want you to know that you can come to me at anytime about anything. For help, for a shoulder, for a cuddle....for anything.
I want you to know I will never judge you, I will always be there for you no matter what.
And of course I want you to know that I will always love you and I want you to know how important love is. And how important a close family is, how important contact is and that time is precious, and should never be wasted.