I really don’t like the word yeah. Call me old-fashioned or traditional, but I prefer a yes ma’am or no sir when addressing someone older. I am trying to instill in my boys a respect for authority. If you ask me, I think that is something that is missing in our society today. So, when my boys meet someone for the first time, we tell them to make eye contact, give a firm handshake and say nice to meet you. Some days my youngest will barely even get out a hello while hiding behind me but we are working on that. My oldest has made great strides and while he will probably not engage in a lot of conversation because of his introvert-ness, he will most certainly meet you eye to eye, shake your hand and tell you he’s doing fine, just fine. Eight years from this moment, God willing, my husband and I will be preparing our oldest for his freshman year of college. Still very hard to believe that it’s that close. I feel like I have so little time with him. I want to get it right. I want him to become the man God wants him to become. Building men is hard work.