February 26, 2007

TThis evening my 4-year-old son Thomas wrote his first letter. With a pencil balled up in his little fist, he made the crossbars of a “T” and pronounced it so. It is the first letter of his name. It is the central symbol of what will become his faith. It is a cross; it is a support that holds up the sky.

We love letters and the things they represent. We love abstraction. Tom is learning that the world as he now knows it and experiences it can, in some measure, be encoded in marks that he is learning to produce. If he follows in his mother’s and my footsteps, he will spend his days coding and encoding, putting ideas and feelings down in these arbitrary symbols. I hope these letters bring him the blessings they have brought me. I pray for him that he will read and know and learn and invent and speak and create and write.


6 Responses to “T”

  1. Liz Says:

    Hooray for Tom! That is a huge milestone.
    Love, Nana

  2. Charles Says:

    It’s great to welcome a new apprentice into the guild of the striving.

  3. Matt Says:

    very cool, Brett. Sometimes those symbols are a blessing, and sometimes they feel like a curse- when they feel insufficient for decoding what feels like an impossible jumble.

  4. Matt Says:

    not related to this post, but the 2nd track on the new Patty Griffin CD is titled “Stay on the Ride” and reminds me of your ‘On the Bus’ series.

  5. Evonne Says:

    Good Job, Thomas. It is so fun to watch them grow up through the blogs since we can’t be together to watch them in person. Give them hugs and kisses from Aunt Evonne.

  6. sheepdays Says:

    Thanks for all the nice comments. I’m so happy with my little boy. I know writing and words can be frustrating, but I’m glad that he’s coming into this.

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