~Definition from Wikipedia~
Commentary in orange by me
Dude is an old term, recognized by multiple generations although potentially with slightly different meanings. From the 1870s to the 1960s, dude primarily meant a person who dressed in an extremely fashion-forward manner (pajamas and cowboy boots... at the same time. But most comfortable in his birthday suit.) or a citified person who was visiting a rural location but stuck out (clearly the other way around, but he sticks out just the same, wishing he lived in a rural location!!). In the 1960s, dude evolved to mean companion, a meaning that slipped into mainstream American slang in the 1970s (companion... loves his sisters and his family. He is also a wonderful friend.). Current slang retains at least some use of all three of these common meanings (Our DUDE).
His desire and need to help the afflicted is overwhelming. He is always the first one with a band-aid and washcloth to help a fallen sister, is my shadow while taping the "Football Boys" and the guy willing to give up time with friends at bible study to sit with his Oma while she recovers in bed from being ill. After Lucy clocked herself in the head 3 nights ago with a pokie Christmas decoration, Will ran to the bathroom got tissue, ran it back to Dad and Lucy, then ran back to get a band-aid. Later that evening Nate asked, "So Will, you are very compassionate to people that are hurt and sick. Do you think you will want to be an EMT or Paramedic when you grow up?!" To which he replied, "Nah... I think I will be a doctor." This mama will do her best to hold him to that!!
With another boy on the way, due to be here in just a short few weeks, my momma heart is a little worried. Can I be what TWO boys need? I was content being his everything, until he filled my spot with a beautiful young women someday. But can I be enough for two boys? Will William feel pushed aside? He is such a tough guy, but underneath that rugged exterior he will always be my little boy. So fragile and vulnerable, easily embarrassed and disappointed, yet confident, strong, determined. My Grandma, his Oma, reminds me always...
"Never take out of the BOY,
what you can't put back into the MAN."
Love you Dude.
**Photos courtesy of
Max Holtzhouser, Woodhouse Photography.**