My Dear Sons,
I know I’m regularly telling you to get your shoes off the middle of the floor. Or out of the back yard. Or off of our bed. I hope you don’t think we’re “anti-shoes”. I especially hope we’re not badgering and discouraging you by our insistence about something that’s obviously not the end of the world.
I was hugely pregnant and chasing around my two young boys. A lady looked at me in all my exhaustion and asked if I was having a boy or a girl.
“Another boy” I said.
“That’s good,” she said. “Raise those boys up right. We need more good men in this world”
I never saw her again, but I think of her often and am encouraged by what she told me in passing. I even use these words to encourage other parents who have multiple boys. It is so true, the world really does need more gentlemen. So my other full-time-job is trying to raise these boys into gentlemen.
We hope you’ll enjoy our new blog series, “Letters to a Young Gentleman”. Each week, we’ll share a new letter.
I tell you all the time that you need to be a gentleman. Do you even know what that means? A gentleman is someone who is a good friend, family member, kind-hearted and humble. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, how great your clothes are or how smart you are. Being a gentleman is something different.
Being a gentleman doesn’t mean fitting into a restrictive mold and forgetting about who you are. I want you to know that you can be yourself always. You are a fascinating young man with a unique perspective on life.
It takes time, patience and persistance. But I see you becoming more like a gentleman every day. You are learning how to share with your brothers and give up your seat for them and others. I’m proud of you. I want to teach you so much more.