And Turtle is you, Little Buddha!
Almost immediately after you were born, we knew that you were something special, and that you were going to have a very cool nickname…. Turtle! Not because when you lay on your back you slightly resemble one… not for that reason at all!
Sorry, Little Buddha! I couldn’t resist, since you so recently started rolling from your belly to your back all by yourself! Last night’s display just reminded me of this!
Actually, you received this nickname because of your Daddy, and something the two of you have in common… namely… Turtleface!
Add to that the “coincidence” of so many gifts coming your way that are turtle-related in some way (without anyone being told about the nickname at that point, too!)… there was no going back.
T – is for Time. Such a precious commodity, Little Buddha, and so quickly it disappears. Just 3 weeks ago, you made your way into this world, with your own little ticking clock, counting off the seconds, minutes, hours of your life. You’ve already grown so much in so short a time, you are definitely not the same wrinkly little dude I met 3 weeks ago!
Time may seem to drag when you’re little, my precious grandson, but as you get older, you’ll notice that the clock will speed along, driving the hours faster than you can keep up. Make the most of your time, Little Buddha! Go out and do and see and be in your moments. Live them as hard as you can, and there will be no time for regrets later.
T – is for Temper. You’ll have one. Mind it. Manners get you waaaaaaay further in life than temper does. And you’ll have one in full force, I reckon. I know what your Mama’s temper is like, and I’ve seen your Daddy’s. The Terrible Twos (hey, more “T” words – how fitting!) will be interesting, to say the least! I can’t wait to see how you train your Mama and Daddy, Little Buddha – it’s Gramma’s Revenge, Part 1! Catch it in a theater, restaurant, grocery store, playground and everywhere else – near you! (he he he he he….)
And I think… I maybe should leave you with one more T word, Little Buddha…
Think. – Something everyone should do before they speak, but so often forgotten. Make sure you measure your words – say them to yourself in your head, as though someone else were saying them to you. How do they make you feel? If they don’t feel good to you, imagine how they’re going to affect the other person.
And always make sure that you Think For Yourself. Don’t let others do your thinking for you, or you’ll end up with the life they want, not the one you want. Think for Yourself, and then take the responsibility for the bad decisions, as well as the credit for the good decisions. It’s all you, Little Buddha, and always will be.
Love you, Turtle.