I have lots of cases that I am researching, but nothing ready for the blog yet.
Thanks to all of those readers who made suggestions on missing persons and crime victims, and the cases that I am currently studying are (in no order):
Nikki LaDue January
Anyway, I offer this for a Monday...
Our older son has always seemed mature.
When he was two, the Mrs. would drag him to meetings at her work, and he would sit quietly looking at a book until they were over.
Note: We would never try this with either of our younger twins. It would likely result in a fire and several calls placed to 911.
As a fourth grader, we received reports of him helping to tie the shoes of a younger student after he saw the boy crying.
His maturity fits well in our noisy household that includes an attention-seeking sister and an unpredictable brother (his little brother has an autism-related disorder, but enjoys laughing and is quite the comedian nonetheless).
In respect to the older boy's maturity, I recently observed that he is not embarrassed when:
--Mom or I show up to retrieve him at basketball practice in the lowly mini-van.
--He receives recognition from a principal for high grades while his friends relish in mediocrity.
--His brother goes into a screaming fit in a store, and we as a family make a hasty and noisy exit.
--I display my cannonballing skills in front of him for the little kids at a public swimming pool.
--His younger sister tries to give him a hug when we pick him up from school.
So what is older brother's limit?
His little brother's new "fixation" is on the youth "boy band" Big Time Rush. Little Luca now sings and dances in front of mirrors mimicking the young television performers.
Yes, having your four-year old brother repeatedly belt out the words "Looking for a Boyfriend" from a Big Time Rush Song while the family walks through a shopping mall was too much for the older boy.
With his head down and face turning red, big brother was embarrassed.
I see it as good training though.
Just wait until big brother turns 12 or 13 and realizes all of dad's faults (I mean beyond public cannonballing)--now that will elict some bright red colors.
Note: The words to the song are actually "You're looking for a boyfriend", but of course the little guy missed the "You're" part to change the meaning quite a bit.