A Son’s Wisdom

March 31, 2010  

creekMy son turned six last week. That’s him beside me and us beside the creek that runs beside our house. The nearly identical clothing isn’t intentional, it just sort of happened. If you asked him, he’d say he was just trying to look like his daddy. If you asked me, I’d say I was just trying to look like my son.
We’re buds, he and me. Father and son first, of course. He knows the rules of the house and is expected to follow them. Knows he’s supposed to keep his room clean and take his plate to the kitchen after dinner and that he’s allowed only an hour a day for his Nintendo DS. He doesn’t like those rules sometimes, and sometimes he’ll do his best to challenge me. But it isn’t often and it’s never for long and we’re always good in the end.
Last night after cake and ice cream, we sat on the porch and talked. Even now and though he’s not really aware of it, he’s beginning to understand the Way of Porch Sitting. It’s a lot of rocking and a lot of looking. A lot of saying “Yep” and “Mmm-hmm.” A lot of contented sighing.
Also a lot of conversation. Six-year-olds know more about the world than you might think, and they’re not shy about their opinions.

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15 Responses to “A Son’s Wisdom”

  1. Joyce says:

    What a fabulous picture! Happy Birthday to your son…age six is one of my favorites. I used to teach kindergarten and I just love the way their brains work at that age.

    Wishing you and your son lots more happy ‘front porch sitting and conversation’

  2. Kay says:

    Where I am right now (until mid-May) I can’t get to the links that you post from your site (katdish’s blog, highcallingblogs, etc.) but this little bit of a post reminded me of Rodney Atkin’s “watching you.” And, since you mentioned porch-sitting in this post, I just thought I’d mention that I appreciate how you differentiate between city and country instead of between north and south. I’m from WAY up north, but I’m in college in the south (actually, slightly south of the Deep South) and have been trying for years to convince people here that many ofthe differences they think are “north and south” are actually differences between city and country.

  3. Sharon says:

    Awww… what a beautiful priceless picture!!!! Our children are so watching us! We have a lot to live up to! Again, priceless! Beautiful! Happy 6th to your boy!

  4. Cherie says:

    Billy, your posts always move my spirit. I can’t WAIT until “Snow Day” comes out!
    Anyway…I have two boys…probably like you, I’m convinced that God dropped them right down out of heaven. I can tell you that they have been God’s voice in my life. They speak simple words of wisdom that is far beyond my own, at times. They are such a blessing in so many ways. Might I recommend something…I kept a journal where I wrote down the “simple” things they would say. Now, as they are 10 and 11…I have a collection of priceless words from my boys that I would have otherwise forgotten. They fill me with such joy when I read them…and the boys get a kick out of their “words” as well. Anyway, thought I’d share that. It’s worth doing!

    Praying your Easter is abundantly blessed…filled with His presence…HE LIVES!
    Hope you’ll stop by and find a blessing through…
    “Have YOU Seen Him?”

    Blessings to you and your family,

  5. Barbara Frazier says:

    Billy, give that little guy a birthday hug for me. Sounds like he has alot of you in him and that’s a good thing. As I’ve told you before, you and Joanne are doing an awesome job of parenting those two.

  6. Kathy says:

    Loved it. I left a comment over there.

  7. He definitely came up with a few gems. So sweet!

  8. Katdish says:

    I’m constantly amazed at some of the things my kids say. Like you’ve said before, I think they teach us just as much as we teach them.

    Love that picture, BTW. That’s an impressive 5 o’clock shadow you’ve got going on there.

  9. You mean, other parents worry besides me?

    And I think I’m grieving over not having a front porch. Well, there’s still the front lawn. It’s even starting to turn green again.

    Your son AND you are wise.

  10. Helen says:

    Happy Birthday, to Billy Coffey’s son! :-)

  11. Beth E. says:

    Oh, wow….a creek right beside your house??? That’s every little boy’s dream…and every mother’s laundry nightmare! 😉

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  13. Kat says:


    Love the ease at which your words just flow like honey onto posts! Not sticky but they really stick with you.

    Now I know why your son wants to be just like you as well! You make a great man to look up to and your raising a great son to walk in your shoes!

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  14. Jennifer says:

    He’s introspective–just like his father. Now that my oldest is starting to share like your son, it shows me how much I’ve been missing all these years since my childhood. Our way of thinking is so radically different as adults. And we lose so much by losing our child’s mind.

  15. L.T. Elliot says:

    I hope I grow up to be half so smart as your son. I have to tweet this one.

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