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Bill Haley

Note to My Son, Part 1
by Bill Haley, 1 Jan 2010

Bill Haley is President, Interactive of Allied Pixel (, an integrated media production firm specializing in the convergence of HD video, web and interactive media. He is also an evangelist for He can be reached at [email protected].

December 22, 2009 – Hey Graham, you are two and a half years old today, which is a big milestone in a little boy's life. So I thought I would write down a few things I've learned along the way that hopefully will come in handy as you start to find your way around this big world.

Note to My Son, Part 1

There are many flavors in the world. Chocolate is the best.

It's ok to blow bubbles in the house, just not when Mommy's around.

Note to My Son, Part 1

Big dogs love little boys, but not when you're pulling their ears.

If you have one really good friend in the world, you're a lucky boy. If you have two, you've hit the jackpot.

Note to My Son, Part 1

When you're picking players for your team, pick kids who can play better than you. That's a good idea later in life too.

Girls are nice but frogs are nicer, at least for now.

Note to My Son, Part 1

By the way, frogs don't like to be squeezed.

I hope someday you will know what it's like to come home and have your little boy wrap his arms around your legs and shout "Daddy!" That's the best feeling in the world.

Note to My Son, Part 1

You may be the BOSS with the SAUCE, but I am the GOOSE with the JUICE.

Your little sister adores you. Please don't jump on her.

Note to My Son, Part 1

There are people who will doubt you all your life. That's ok, just never doubt yourself.

Pick a few really good colors and try to stick with them. Orange is nice.

Note to My Son, Part 1

If the glass is half full, fill it up. You know where the milk carton is.

Be kind to everyone, even if you can't stand them.

Note to My Son, Part 1

It's not cool to play hide and go seek at Target.

Learn to climb trees as soon as you can. Climb high, be fearless, just don't fall.

Note to My Son, Part 1

I promise, the world will be as good as you want it to be.

Curious George is way cooler than Elmo.

Note to My Son, Part 1

Figure out what you like best, and do it all the time. Reading is good, and so are bikes.

It's ok to say "I love you," but if you say it too much, people will think you're a weirdo.

Note to My Son, Part 1

Your grandpa and two grandmoms sure would have liked to meet you. We'll tell you all about them when you're older.

Granddad thinks you are the greatest thing since sliced bread. He is right.

Note to My Son, Part 1

Be generous with your friends. You may have to call in a favor someday.

I will catch you if you fall.

Note to My Son, Part 1

Eat all the ice cream you want, I won't tell. Grapes are good too.

You don't have to go into the family business if you don't want to, but if you don't, your sister had better do it.

Each season is beautiful, but summer is best when you're a kid and fall is best when you get older. Winter gets old after a while.

Note to My Son, Part 1

People are generally good if you give them a chance to be. Except for that kid Tommy.

Be creative! It makes people think you're smarter than you really are.

And never forget, you've made Mommy and Daddy the luckiest people in the world.

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