Just back from taking the boy out for another run. It was a cool evening so I pushed him a bit harder. He did a whole mile without stopping and he's ecstatic. He never thought he could do it but what a surprise--he could and did. He just needed a bit of motivation and support.
A little earlier today, I also gave him a lesson in Obamanomics. Careless kid that he is, he left $4.00, the sum total of his worldly cash assets, sitting on my deck while he went down on the driveway to shoot his slingshot. I saw the money lying there and picked it up before a breeze could blow it away. After a bit, I noticed that his marksmanship sucked because he wasn't aiming. I coached him some, and then held up a dollar bill and told him that if he'd slow down and shoot straight, I'd give him one for every hit he made on the target. Well he started shooting straight and quickly snared three dollars before he ran out of rocks and decided to quit. He came up the stairs, counting his money, and then he went to where he'd left his "other money" and the light came on.
"You took my money!" he exclaimed. "You only gave me some of my own money back! And you've still got the rest!"
And thus he learned everything he needs to know about Democrat social programs.
Am I a great uncle, or what?
Now he and my ex-dog are upstairs getting ready for bed. It's quiet and peaceful for a few minutes. Aaaaahhhhh.......