I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the United States)
**NOTE** Dad always makes time for you kate. it is his blog dedicated to you that has been orphaned for months
The picture for this post is Kate’s reaction to dad telling her he hadn’t blogged in months. That is her “Are you Kidding me”? face.
Wish I was kidding little one, but dad has dropped the ball. Really dad has fallen into the trap so many of us do in this thing called life. The trap of confusing not having time for not making time.
Having Time VS. making Time? There is a difference. There is a huge difference.
Dad fell into the trap of “Don’t”.
Don’t have time. Don’t have energy. Don’t have anything to say.
First two are true. Not so much the last one. Since you were born, and really even before that, your dad has had plenty to say. In fact many might tell you too much to say. (future blog post)
Kate, you arrived with a perpetual whirlwind of funny, incredible, wondrous, challenging, frustrating, and just mind blowing moments that dad most assuredly Does have something to say. (many future blog posts)
Here comes that trap again: Don’t have the time, don’t have the energy.
You do take up a lot of dads time baby bear, and his energy. This much is true. but not all of his time, and not all of his energy. In fact you simultaneously drain dads battery and while charging it as well. Such a joyous conundrum.
But the trap of “Don’t” is always there: Don’t have the time. Don’t have the energy.
That is going to change little one. Make the time. Find the energy.
- Dad learned, especially since you started walking, that you will most certainly not do as he says.
- Dad learned that as you begin to talk it is cool that you do as he does. (Until the post about the foul mouth parroting comes around).
- Dad more than anything in this world wants to show you the power of avoiding the trap of” don’t”. As often as is possible.
- Make the time. Find the energy.
The whole world is out there for you Kate, you have now in your possession the most incredible of commodities. Possibility.
Possibility for you, dad, mom, and everyone is always there, but so often hidden by the trap of “Don’t”.
The trap of “Don’t” is real. The trap is strong: Don’t have the time. Don’t have the energy.
Not as strong as my love for you. My love for mom, my love for family. My love for friends. My love for life.
For you Kate. baby bear dad makes the time. dad finds the energy.
P.S. Thank you for reading.
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P.P.P.S. “Ok Dad, just Don’t tease me.” -Kate Wiegert