Kudos to This 4-Year-Old Who Took Grandpa's SUV to Make a Candy Run

SourceA four-year-old boy craving candy was somehow able to hop into his great-grandfather’s vehicle and make a mile-and-a-half trek to a Speedway in Blaine, Minnesota. …

Sebastian demonstrated how he pulled it off: Using great grandpa Roy’s walker to grab the keys from wall hooks, and, when no one was watching, he bounded into the driver’s seat and took off.

“He watches everything people do and he’ll repeat it,” explained Roy Becker, great grandfather.

From great-grandpa’s house, Sebastian stretched his tiny body, his eyes barely able to see above the steering wheel, and took off. He backed out of the driveway, heading through some winding neighborhood streets, before turning left onto incredibly busy, four-lane University Avenue at the heart of the morning rush.

From there, witnesses report he drove erratically along University at speeds in the 10-15 mph range before getting the Santa Fe safely into the gas station parking lot where police quickly met him. …

And while Sebastian navigated his candy store run, there were some bumps in the road, including mailboxes. He also dinged a tree.

In fact, we found a portion of the vehicle’s bumper at the neighbor’s house. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in Sebastian’s remarkable ride.

You meet those kids every once in a while when you’re involved in coaching, teaching, Scouting or just among your own kids’ circle of friends where you realize they’re either going to be President of the United States, CEO of a Fortune 500 company, or a supervillain. Those kids who are masterminds from birth. And there will be no in-between with them. No half measures. No ordinary life ahead of them. It’s simply not in their hard-wiring.

That is my boy Sebastian. This is man of action. Of ingenuity. Who knows what he wants and goes out and gets it. Who’d rather ask forgiveness than permission. Who doesn’t let a little thing like not being able to reach the pedals or see over the dashboard be an excuse. What stands in your way, becomes your way, and all that. And if a few mailboxes and some tree bark have to be sacrificed to get him his candy, that’s a price he’s willing to pay.

Say what you will about him, but this lad is destined for greatness. Whether that greatness is as the leader of a nation, a corporation or an international crime syndicate remains to be seen and is entirely up to him. What you won’t find is him sitting in a cubicle or wearing a smock and a name tag. And for sure he won’t be blogging about kids like him. He’ll be living that life of achievement.

And in a world where the old are always complaining about how the young don’t have any skills, are lazy and pampered and don’t have the life skills their elders grew up with, we need more doers like Sebastian. As far as I’m concerned, Minnesota should just give him his driver’s license now. He earned it.