Inside it there were a few papers that were trash, a couple of pens and such, but most importantly was an envelope that had 'to Charlie' written on it, but I noticed it was in Charlie's handwriting. I opened it and inside was a sort of questionnaire he'd filled out to remind him of what was going on in 2007, his sophomore year of high school. It had questions like; what are you wearing? (a Black Sabbath tee shirt and ripped jeans), if you could live anywhere where would you live? (New York) and so on. There was one question, however, that made my whole day. It asked 'Out of your entire life, who is your role model, the person you admire the most?' and Charlie answered 'MY BROTHER'.
I asked Charlie if he thought Casey knew that he felt this way about him and Charlie said "he should, I've told him before".
One thing that amazes me about this is that as much as Charlie is into music and film that he didn't mention one of the people he's got hanging on his walls like Quentin Tarantino or Dave Mustaine.
I showed the questionnaire to Casey after church today, and after he read it he just looked at me and grinned. I asked Casey if he knew Charlie felt this way, and Casey said that Charlie has told him before that he admired him, but he never knew whether to take him seriously or not. You know...brothers and all that.
Casey is keeping this piece of paper that lets him know that the way he lives doesn't only have an effect on his life, but on Charlies. How awesome it is that as men from our church stepped up to be positive male influences in Casey's life, Casey has done the same for Charlie.
I'm grateful to have two such great kids, and I'm so very grateful for the positive influence they have on one another. How amazing is that?
We all influence the lives of others, whether we realize it or not. Everything from the language we use to how we react to life's responsibilities. Nothing goes unnoticed.