One of the greatest joys a parent can experience is to have a serious, thought-provoking and enlightening conversation with their child. Parents learn from children constantly even if they don't realize it. But when those lessons come on a more philosophical level, and you begin to realize that your kid is thinking for themselves instead of just regurgitating information... the experience can be humbling and heart-warming at the same time. I received this text from Steel today, and at the time of writing this blog I still haven't read the document, or even know what the word means... but the fact that he does, and that it's causing him to pause and think is enough for me. We've even discussed the concept a bit on Facebook. I think what honors me the most is the fact that he wants my opinion and thinks that I'm smart enough to have one. And to think that it matters to him is overwhelming.