Did you build a tree house when you were a kid? I always wanted one, but growing up living in apartment complexes doesn't really allow for tree-house building. Fortunately I also grew up in Oregon, where trees are bountiful. For most of my childhood we lived in an apartment complex with a forest directly behind our building. To a child, 5 acres of forest might as well be the amazon rainforest. I remember climbing high into trees, enjoying the view, and even attempting to build tree houses out of the various materials I could scavenge from the dumpster.
Yesterday, while my wife was painting one of the bedrooms in our new home, we turned around to find our young son had climbed to the top of an 8 foot ladder. Lately, I have found him on top of nearly every climbable object in the house. At first, I was incessantly worried that he might fall, and wished that he wasn't so adventurous. But thinking back on my adventures climbing trees, I am now grateful for his independent and confident attitude. I look forward to seeing all the great things he will accomplish in this life.