A Letter to a Young Gentleman

I was hugely pregnant and chasing around my two young boys.  A lady looked at me in all my exhaustion and asked if I was having a boy or a girl.

"Another boy" I said.

"That's good," she said. "Raise those boys up right.  We need more good men in this world"

I never saw her again, but I think of her often and am encouraged by what she told me in passing.  I even use these words to encourage other parents who have multiple boys. It is so true, the world really does need more gentlemen.  So my other full-time-job is trying to raise these boys into gentlemen.

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We hope you'll enjoy our new blog series, "Letters to a Young Gentleman".  Each week, we'll share a new letter.

Dear Sons,

I tell you all the time that you need to be a gentleman.  Do you even know what that means?  A gentleman is someone who is a good friend, family member, kind-hearted and humble.  It doesn't matter how much money you have, how great your clothes are or how smart you are.  Being a gentleman is something different.

Being a gentleman doesn't mean fitting into a restrictive mold and forgetting about who you are.  I want you to know that you can be yourself always. You are a fascinating young man with a unique perspective on life.

It takes time, patience and persistance.  But I see you becoming more like a gentleman every day.  You are learning how to share with your brothers and give up your seat for them and others.  I'm proud of you.  I want to teach you so much more.

Love,

Mommy

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3 Comments

thecordialchurchman
thecordialchurchman

June 28, 2013

Thank-you.

Papa Bear
Papa Bear

June 29, 2013

Ellie- Great post. You are so much on target. A gentleman is not necessarily a cultural conformist, but a man of God with a servant’s heart. We are so blessed to have you as our DIL. Papa Bear

Kuan, Ken
Kuan, Ken

June 28, 2013

Dear Sir, I’m so blessed by this letter and will be sharing it with my wife.

Rgds, Ken Kuan

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