I do miss my kids when they are away for extended periods. The oldest two are at Camp Seafarer on the coast of North Carolina; DJ for the whole summer, Stephanie for a month. But what a great opportunity for Michelle and me!
I don’t think I realize how critically important it is to have that one-on-one time with my kids. When you are shoved in a car together, just the two of you, for hours on end, you sing, you laugh, you talk!
Four times in the last year DJ and I have taken college tours, just the two of us. We found a school, which was our ultimate goal, but we also began to build our impending adult relationship.
We nearly got trapped in an elevator; one trip we hit Chic Fil A four times in one day, we discovered Aloft Hotels and a mutual love of sushi.
i enjoyed a week with Stephanie when Michelle was at camp. We ate out every, single night. We took three walks around the neighborhood, she even advised me on the redecoration of the guest bedroom. She has a good eye.
And now, it’s me and the little one.
How valuable it is.
I bet there are others in my life I should spend a bit of one-on-one with –
Nieces and nephews
Uncle Jesse (remember him?)
Friends who mean so much
Sometimes I hesitate because of time. But generally, it’s laziness on my part. A lack of motivation to take the time to make that call.
It’s difficult to build and maintain a relationship when you don’t make them a priority. Perhaps I’ll work on that.