Apr 212014
 

TannerTreeTo my grandson and other adults:

You are 18!  You’re an adult.  But you have been for a long time. Adult meaning mature, capable and able to care for yourself. Actually 18 doesn’t get you much more than that. You can sign your life away into debt–with apartment leases, credit cards, expensive things you quickly grow tired of and paying for things to impress pretty women who are only using you.   You can be held legally responsible, tried as an adult in a court of law and forced into labor by society. Other than that it’s pretty much like every other birthday. Now about that bridge…what’s at the bottom?  When on a bridge the question is: where are you heading? There seems to be two choices. You can dive into life, take the short cut, not knowing what waits. There could be a wonderful place to swim. Or  it could be there’s rocks or sewage waiting. The other choice on a bridge is to cruise over it, find a beautiful, winding path down to the beach. You could soak up some rays, meet some cute chicks(over 18 only) and catch a great wave.  Life can be a bitch or a beach. The point is you’re 18 and it’s your choice…no one else. I love that–wrong or right you get to decide. No one tells you. It’s also scary. But you are an amazing person. I was there 18 years ago. I cut the cord and there’s not a person other than your mom who knows you better.  You have gone through trials and have come through stronger. You have proven that you can be trusted. I am impressed and look forward to seeing the places you can go and the things you can do. You truly are awesome. Happy Birthday. Go look at cars today. A car is a great way to cruise into life.Buying your own car is great. It took me about 50 years to get MY first car. Of course Daddy Boots doesn’t want me to get it out of the garage…but that’s marriage …and you don’t want to  go there yet! Love you!l

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