My 8-year-old son Ryder loves football. He loves watching it, knows all the players' names, stats and pretends to be them tossing and catching his football to himself during the games. Monday morning he ran down the stairs to my office, gave me a piece of paper and ran off to eat his breakfast. He loves to give me his latest drawings or a breakdown of the standings in college football.
As I opened it, read it, and re-read it, I couldn't believe he had written a list titled, "What I will do and what I won't do." He wrote:
"I will get all A's.
I will be nice to my little brother and sister
I will do the dishes, take out the garbage, brush my teeth
I will flush the toilet after using it
I will practice basketball everyday for one hour
I will go on a mission
And I will get married in the temple."
I was grinning ear to ear as I read it and thought maybe he wasn't too young to start setting serious goals.
And then as I looked over at the "What I won't do" I started to get teary eyed.
He had wrote:
"I won't do drugs.
I won't drink alcohol.
I won't lie.
I won't cheat.
I won't be mean.
I won't be a bad example.
And I won't cry when BYU football loses a game."
A Christmas wish this season?
I had one.
Ryder just delivered.
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