Recently, my 12-year-old son wrote this letter to Vice Admiral Timothy Keating, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command, whom he met at a conference. Bobby, a "wanna-be" Naval Academy grad and future fighter pilot, is upset because he heard the Navy is going to phase out the F-14 Tomcat.
My younger son, Eric (age 9), came down to the pool one day and said, "Dad, Bobby’s up writing a letter to Admiral Keating." I thought, well, ok, that’s better than him ripping the room apart. He brings it down to me—and I could not believe it. I was so impressed with it I started laughing. "Dad," he said, "why are you laughing?" And I said, "Son, just like sometimes you cry when you’re happy, sometimes when you’re real proud of one of your children you can find a way to appreciate it by laughing."