Beautifully written. So true.
Some time I told Gunner, after she complained of something I did or said previously:
"You know what? You're right. I was wrong. Thanks for pointing it out. I'll change it."
I don't even remember what it was that I was wrong and she was right.
That's not even important.
What was and is important is to show her she can tell me I'm wrong; that I will consider and respect her opinion; that I'm strong enough to admit to be corrected if I'm wrong; and that despite her age and the implicit authority I have over her, I will respect her and I will uphold her right to be right even against myself.
I haven't forgot. And I don't think she has, either.
Things like those are the basis of our relationship.
Things like those are why girls like me. Things like those are why I'm never short of girls. Things like those are why girls I've known the same day take to me like I've known them since forever.
Thank you, Messiah!