When Seth was in the third grade, he brought home a school assignment to write about who his hero was. I was helping him with the homework and the first question was, “Who do you admire most?”
I asked him who his choice was, and naturally, I assumed that person would be me. He replied, “No dad, it isn’t you.” I then asked him if it was one of his grandparents, and he said no.
I finally asked him, “Well, who do you admire most?” He answered, “Charles Anderson.” Immediately, I thought, Who in the world is Charles Anderson? When I asked Seth who he was and why he chose him, he said, “He is the founder of TNT fireworks.” (Obviously.)
I laughed, but was a little disappointed. I think most dads would like to be their son’s hero. However, I was also proud that Seth’s imagination prompted him to find his own dreams.