J-Bear (name changed) is the baby of my family – although he is 12 years old now, and looking more like a teenager every day!
J-Bear is such a fun kid. He enjoys all things retro. His iPod is full of classic rock (The Beatles are his favorite). He loves to learn old games and old ways of doing things. He likes to SAY that he doesn’t like little children, but they are drawn to him like the Pied Piper and he is always up to entertain them. And probably more than anything else, he loves his guitars. He picked up the acoustic guitar really easily, and now plays bass guitar in his school band, and is trying to get a Christian rock band together (he will play either bass or electric). Earlier this summer my parents took him to Branson and he decided that he would like to add the banjo and mandolin to his collection – so maybe one of them will have to be his next Christmas/Birthday present (shhhhh!)
He is at that age where he is constantly trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up, and he wants to be EVERYTHING. I’m so proud of him because the possible vocations he chooses always come from looking around at adults who he respects. I think currently he wants to be an Air Force Chaplain. He says that way he will be in the armed services (like his great-grandpas), work on airplanes (like Mr Fix It), and preach (like his Poppy – my dad).
He is always ready to help with the chickens, even though he teases and calls them “rats with wings”. He is very protective of me and his sisters. He has become especially close to Josie, and this has also made him mindful of others with disabilities or who are different from him in other ways. I am so proud of the young man he is becoming!
Here he is playing his guitar. The song is “Ruin Me”. Now if I could just get the child to SING!