I remember when I adopted my first cat I was amazed at how different she was from my childhood cat. I thought "a cat is a cat is a cat" but that's totally not true. I have now owned four cats (thanks to my two merging with Derek's two) and each one was completely different.
Children, of course, surprise you with their personalities too. Whatever notions parents have about who their children will be usually get blown out of the water. Yesterday that happened to me.
My family went to play mini-golf and after we were done we stayed to play some arcade games. Jeff found "Deal Or No Deal" and wanted to play it. You know, it's the game where you pick a suitcase and open cases to win cash (or in this case tickets) and the amount you're offered goes up or down depending on if you open suitcases with large or small numbers.
Well, Jeff, my logical, mathematical, always-thinking-two-steps-ahead, save-your-money kid never took the deal. Even when the odds were stacked against him he opened cases to the very end. He wound up winning 3 tickets for one game and 8 for another.
Aaron decided to play too. You know, Aaron, my emotional, sensitive, blow-his-money-on-toys-and-candy-one-day-after-getting-it, dreaming of rainbows kid, took the deal right away. He was excited to get 88 or 92 tickets even when he had several cases left with large amounts.
Totally not what I expected from either of them.
But hey, that's parenthood. When you think your stoic, conservative child will play it safe, he winds up risking it all and doesn't cry when it doesn't pan out in his favor. And when your fickle, impulsive child takes plays he might just take the safe route because he understands that leaving with something good can be better than losing it all.
I'm pretty proud of both of them. Who knew a video game could help me see a side of them I never knew.