March 5, 2005 by Isaac Hovet
Today I took a long walk with my two-and-a-half year old daughter, who, although she can’t articulate it, is feeling a little left out since the arrival of my son. So far she hasn’t figured out that it is little brother that is taking some attention away, but that realization isn’t far off. For now she is just reacting. I think patience and special time with mom and/or dad is a must. So today we walked. We visited the new Streets of Tanasbourne. I would guess that it is about a 1/2 mile walk from our place. The 1 mile round trip solidified a feeling that I have had lately. My little girl might be president someday.
Last night, as we were lying in bed, I told my wife that our daughter may change the world. She has always been very strong willed, which I believe is a must charactersitic for any leader, whether you are a girl-scout troop leader or Ghandi. She doesn’t make decisions based upon the rules, but carefully (and quickly) evaluates all probable outcomes and then thrusts forward, accepting whatever consequences that come her way. This too is the sign of a leader. If she ever offends too many people she will be able to win them back to herself with her bubbling personality. And when she makes mistakes she will probably learn quickly, she seems to do that now. She might find a big place in history.
I realize that you are thinking, “Dude, every Dad feels that way about their kids” and you may be right. But how many dads were right about their child’s potential, but never shared their suspicion? How many kids dream of being president or a doctor or an architect, but end up being just like their parents, because no option up was ever shown to them? I am not saying that it isn’t okay to do what your parents do, but there is something wrong with letting dreams die.
So, maybe I can do what many haven’t and what some have. I’m gonna dream with my daughter and who knows? This suspicion of greatness may change the world.