It's been a little over a week since Marti and Brittney pulled out of the driveway beginning the journey to take Brittney off to college. I have been really busy at work, so I hadn't spent too much time thinking about the fact that she was leaving. Generally I try to look at our children's departure from the nest not so much as leaving, but as beginning their own adventure of growth and discovery. But watching them drive away, it kind of hit me. It was still early and normally I would have gone back to bed for a few more minutes of sleep, but I started thinking about, "Things I want Brittney to Remember" as she starts her new adventure. Here is my list:
- I love you and want you to be successful.
- Your Heavenly Father loves you and wants you to be successful.
- You have great talents and abilities.
- Achieve your potential
- Where much is given, much is expected.
- You can always call home
- Make good choices
- Use the buddy system
- Every male is motivated by "one thing" in some form or fashion.
- How and what a male does to pursue that "one thing" differentiates the good ones from the bad ones.
- If a male is not at least somewhat motivated by that "one thing" then he probably doesn't have the masculinity you will be looking for in an Alpha Male.
- You should be the center of the universe for any male who desires your long term companionship.
- A male desiring your long term companionship should willingly take the obstacle course challenge, or at least be willing to walk to the door when he picks you up.
- You have to drive for yourself and everyone else.
- Utah drivers are not like Texas drivers. They even scare me.
- Don't use your phone while you are driving.
- Don't drive when you are tired.
- Don't let anyone else drive your car. That is a "dad" rule and exceptions can only be approved by him.
- Avoid driving on snow and ice
- Remeber why you are at college
- Go to class
- The M&D scholarship does have performance expectations
- Be wary of any male who tries to control your universe (danger sign)
- Eat dinner together at the table as a family. (Meal time can count as FHE if there is good discussion.)
- Your mother is a role model for raising your own children someday.
- Attend church every Sunday. OCH's are allowed, but should be rare.
- Don't ever let an individual come between you and God.
- Remember to stack the odds in your favor for success.
Brittney, I love you and want all the best the world has to offer for you. You will be missed.