I have a degree in education and midway through a masters in education - 8 years of schooling and yet a toddler can teach me some important things. I am simply amazed at how good of a kid Evan is. Now granted we have our moments, that the terrible twos roars its' ugly head, but not often. The one thing that I wish as a mom is that the innocence of a child not be stripped away. I know it will happen and really each day I wake up and wonder if it will be today and hope I have another day to enjoy it before it does. It is a part of growing up, but I wish it wasn't. It melts my heart every time I see Evan do something that shows that the ways of this world have not effected him yet.In the last two days Evan has taught me a very valuable lesson, one that every one needs to be reminded of once in awhile. We were at playgroup the other day and Evan was playing basketball (shocker I know) when a smaller toddler (14 mos.) came over and took his ball right out of his hands. Side note - Evan hasn't learned yet that you can hold on to the ball and fight for it. So when the other boy grabbed for the ball Evan let him have it. The mom came over immediately and took the ball from her boy and explained to him that he couldn't take another kid's toy and gave the ball back to Evan. When the mom and boy started to walk away Evan went running over to the boy and handed him the ball and then ran and got himself another ball to play with. As his mom, I was very proud of him at this moment. I can't take full credit for this because I am not sure where he learned this. Beggars night was last night and even though I am not a fan of Halloween, I do enjoy dressing the kids up and exploiting their cuteness. Jeremy took Evan around to a couple of neighbors who we know so they could see Evan. Evan is still too young to get the whole "trick or treat" idea and not because he doesn't know what the reward is - he enjoyed a candy bar before going out. But the whole thing didn't impress him too much. What he really enjoyed was passing out the candy. We gave him that job to keep him occupied but as it turns out he enjoyed every moment of it. Because Evan likes things to be exactly perfect, every time he saw a kid coming up to the house he put one piece of candy in each hand and waited excitedly. Each time he gave out his candy he would shout "more, more" and wanted to give each kid more candy. We had to stop him every time which he didn't understand. He would give us this look that showed the confusion of not being able to give more than one piece of candy. He would than sit and wait with candy in hand for the next recipients. He loved passing out candy and was perfectly content not to eat any more. Evan did remind me of a very valuable lesson. How many times do we offer up what we have in order to make someone else happy? Or be willing to give more than is expected? Thank you Evan! I hope you never lose your sensitivity towards others. You are so special!