It’s almost over…

August 15, 2009

Well another summer is about to end and every parent I talk to is disappointed that they didn’t accomplish everything they set out to do with their families.  I can see their point.  We didn’t spend a week at the ocean, take a cruise, road trip across America to see the world’s largest ball of yarn or “Billy Bob’s Emporium of Strange and Wondrous Creatures”.  And though I’m slightly upset that I’ll have to wait another year to see “Frank” the two headed Yak in person, I’m not completely distraught.

I’m not distraught because I’m a glass half full kind of guy and I’m choosing to focus on all of the things that we did accomplish.  For example, I ate breakfast with my boys almost every morning and in the process I watched Cayden’s culinary skills improve from barely being able to pour a glass of water to toasting and buttering his own Eggo’s. 

I won the neighborhood “kid toss” competition at the community pool.  I can throw a kid a solid 3-meters farther than any other parent on the planet- or at least among the parents who live in our neighborhood.  I enjoy minor celebrity status among the 5-9 year old crowd and can easily be spotted by the trail of kids patiently awaiting their turn to get hurled through time and space. 

I got to witness the first time Mack dropped in on a half pipe at the local skate park.  The only reason I was able to see this is because when my boys ask me to take them skateboarding I try to say yes instead of no- try to say yes more often. 

I got to become the daily routine guy.  Eat your breakfast, brush your teeth, eat your Flintstone chewable, do your school work (yes I make them do school work in the summer time- it’s not all fun and games around our house).  This may seem mundane if you’re normally the stay home parent, but if you’ve been the one who leaves for work everyday it’s kind of a novelty.

I got to take the boys to their doctors appointments- even the one’s where they have to get shots and other painful stuff done to them.  Again, may seem a bit routine, but if your kids in pain it’s nice to be the one who holds their hand when getting all fixed up.

We did lots of other simple stuff that didn’t cost a fortune and didn’t involve putting a million miles on the old truck- but that was okay with them.  If you asked the guys if they had a great summer they don’t hesitate a second- the answer is always YES!

As for me this was the best summer I’ve ever had.  I’m so glad I didn’t get lured into going back to work immediately after retiring- believe it or not I considered it.  Had I done that I would have missed out on some very important opportunities- namely developing a closer relationship with the ones I love. 

Consider that the next time you’re fretting over what you really need to do to make your summer memorable.  After all, when your kids are adults and on their own will they pull up memories of the worlds largest ball of yarn or will they reflect on who was there the day they conquered their fear of the skate park half pipe?

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Michelle posted the following on August 23, 2009 at 9:06 am.

Are people really disappointed with their summers? That’s sad. I’m with you! I’m happy to hear that you appreciate those memories. Because it’s true…the kids will remember the little things that you wouldn’t expect.

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