Bodie has this amazing personality. So, ok, I know I'm not the most unbiased source of information when it comes to my offspring. But really. Sure he's a pain in the butt sometimes (ok, a lot of the time), but really, he has this unbelievably amazing, funny, adorable personality. He has this magnetic force. He just draws people in.
He has this bigger than life personality. He walks into a room and just commands attention. He bubbles over with excitement for life and it can't be contained. Others gravitate toward that spirit. I see it with complete strangers who have only just met him and want to talk to him. I see it in his teachers at his old school, who cried when he graduated from their school and light up when they see him return to visit. I see it with his new teachers, who loved him by his second day of school. I see it with friends and family that have known him his entire life. I see it with Dusk and I, when Bodie wakes up at 11pm, insisting on climbing into bed with us. He flashes us his signature smile, starts giggling and we've already lost. We can't resist him. It's remarkable.
Last week, I was reflecting to my dear friend Valerie about Bodie's magnetic personality. Dusk and I have never been able to figure out where he gets it from. He certainly doesn't get it from me. I was very shy and reserved as a child, and Sierra seems to be a lot like I was. And, as far as we can tell, Dusk was a bit of a ham when he was older, but didn't have the over the top sweet personality Bodie has.
And then Valerie, in her infinite wisdom just said "That's because it's God's gift to him. It's scary to be friends with a kid like Bodie, to get so close to someone who is so fragile. God gave him this magnetic personality so that he'd never have to walk this scary journey alone, so that someone would always be there with him, to care for him."
What a brilliant thought. What a wonderful reminder that God takes care of us, and our son, in ways we never could have anticipated. What a mighty God we serve.