I am often asked if my kid's personalities resemble mine or John's. To me this picture is a perfect illustration to answer that question. Jack is exactly like his dad. They have the same interests, and often the same reactions to things. Jack appreciates rules and really loves training. He has a slightly neurotic fear of natural disasters and even though he is only 5 he sometimes laments about our trade deficit with China. He has never been to Mexico, but he could tell you about the kidnapping rate there.
These pictures crack me up because you can see how seriously he takes scooter safety. Just like his dad, ITS ALL ABOUT THE GEAR. Not long ago I went into the police supply store to pick out a present for John. I wanted some kind of police gadget or uniform accessory. I talked to the lady who always works there. She made a bunch of suggestions and sure enough, John already had every single thing she suggested. They keep records of all of the customers and their purchases so she looked him up. When they heard the name every worker there said "Oh, Officer Kramer from Gilbert PD? I know him.... yeah, he already has everything." This is an entire huge store devoted to police gear and there was literally nothing there that I could get him.
It takes Jack longer to get all of his scooter gear on than it takes him to actually ride the scooter.
When I suggested that he might consider adding shoes to his getup, he let me know that I was just ridiculous. And finally, we see that all of this safety preparation paid off in a big way when he bit it on the driveway, and came out of it totally unscathed. I guess one day I will probably say the same thing about all of John's police stuff.