This morning Landon had what we call a meltdown before school. It was over tying his shoelaces.

But with Landon, what his sudden storms are about is never really what they’re about. They’re always about something deeper – triggered by something trivial.

So I know I have to reach deep to soothe his troubled soul. And then, after the storm passes, remind him that he still has to tie his shoes.

Over the last couple of years I’ve come to understand my son through and through. It’s because I’ve paid extremely close attention, and gotten help with that understanding from experts, and because Landon has slowly opened up.

And because we’re a lot alike, he and I.

How did I ever get so lucky? Of all the kids in all the world who could have landed in my lap, why was I blessed with this intelligent, resilient, loving, one-of-a-kind, a-lot-like-me Landon?

Whatever the reasons, I’m so thankful for them – and for him.