My buddy, Cooper, celebrated his fourth birthday not long ago.
I really like Cooper.
For the last couple years I have been paying a great deal of attention to his behavior. Cooper is a people person. More importantly, I like how he interacts with everyone. Says exactly what he is thinking. Not afraid to look you in the eye. Knows what is his. Knows what is yours.
I have always been fascinated by the bare honesty an innocence of kids. Cooper has that.
A while back, I was visiting Cooper and his parents down at the lake. Cooper’s dad, Tad, was fishing from shore. As we all sat there chatting, two men in a small fishing boat trolled along the lake in front of us. The boat was easily within our casting distance. A certain tension always exists between fishermen on the shore and those in boats. Those of us on shore normally grumble when a boat sputters by, especially when the boat is close.
Tad and one of the men in the boat exchanged a few strained pleasantries—a “how’s the fishin” sort of thing. Almost immediately after that, Cooper yelled out to the fishermen: “Love you!”
Well, that’s not something I would have yelled out, but it certainly eased any previous tension.
Lesson learned.--Mitchell Hegman