Four Year-Old Philosophers

Long time followers of the Pew know that during the early days I relied heavily on the wisdom of my grandsons, Will and Jake. — The four year-old philosophers. For example, once Will lamented that he didn’t have any “superpowers,” but rapidly decided if that was the case he would just become the best “Will he could be.” That wisdom provided weeks of meditations.

Suzy and I are in Dallas to attend the high school graduation of the philosophers fourteen years later and to witness the current versions of the best Will and Jake they can be. They still may not have superpowers, but in the eyes of their grandfather they come pretty close, thanks in large part to their parents, Missy and Walter.

Now they both venture forth on a new adventure. This fall for the first time, the philosophers will be separated for any length of time. Since birth they have attended the same schools and summer camps. All that changes when they head off to college this fall, and they develop the super power of a college education at different universities, Xavier and The University of the South.

Who knows maybe one day the philosophers will take over the Pew, but probably not. I hope their dreams are higher, but most importantly they continue to become the best Will and Jake they can be.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.


  1. Wow, Webb. Can it really be 14 years? But then, our 3 16 year old granddaughters have one more year before they venture out as well. Again, wow!

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