From the time we are children we start making decisions. Eventually they lead to choosing friends, choosing activities, choosing colleges, choosing a major, choosing a job, and so on. One day you will choose a home and a spouse.
Braden is already making choices. Each day he chooses what toys to play with. He chooses what he wants to eat much of the time. He decides which ball to slam dunk or which thing in the house to bash with his baseball bat.
Sometimes we take him to Wal Mart and let him choose a toy. We usually do this when we have to return a toy that he already has, which is quite often. After executing the return we let Braden pick out a new toy with his money. This weekend we took Braden on such a trip. All of the toys in Wal Mart were available to him. He could have anything he wanted. We were allowing total freedom of choice for the wee man.
This is what he picked. He wore it through the store for the rest of our shopping trip.
As you can see he also likes to wear it when he is eating chocolate.
I guess this is a lesson for us as parents. We can do our best to prepare Braden for the choices he has to make in life. We can guide him, teach him, and encourage him, but even after all that we will never know for sure what choices he will make.