My son, Caleb, has been playing baseball this Spring. He is 6 and a half years old. I've noticed that this year of his life has been much different than the previous 5. I guess you could say he's not a little boy anymore; although I've managed to preserve the innocense of one. Every Saturday for the past 2 months he has had a game. It is so funny to see a bunch of 6 year old's playing a seemingly, "adult," sport. At first, it was a train wreck. Now, they have all made amazing strides and I am ready to call an agent and vouch for the entire team.
Anyhow, something I've noticed, specifically observing him in his games. He is changing, using terminology and tapping teammates buttoxes in congratulations of a good play. This is strange behaviour for me to observe when I still think of him as a little boy. On the way out of the park today, he saw one of the opposing teammates and said with ease, "Good game dude," I was in shock. When did he start using, "Dude," to address his friends? How is it that he's so grown up to exchange pleasantries, such as, "Good game dude," to an opposing team mate at the young age of 6? I love watching him grow up, I love seeing him becoming who he will be!