This may seem silly to those who have to travel often or long distances for work, but I thought I would share it anyway since you’re reading this because I assume you’re at least somewhat interested in my thoughts right? 😉
I haven’t spent many nights away from my wife and kids in our time together. Perhaps a couple nights a year at most. But with family in from out of town to celebrate a late Christmas and a large snow storm (by pacific northwest standards) in our area – that is where we found ourselves…apart for the night.
I didn’t think much of it as it was somewhat planned since we knew the storm was coming and I was actually looking forward to some quiet alone time. However, as the snow piled up and the prospect of maybe not seeing my family for a couple of days became possible, my thoughts changed. Don’t get me wrong, it was very nice to relax and chill and do what I wanted for a night without bedtime struggles and sleep schedules, and sleeping in was fantastic (sorry babe!), but I found myself really just wanting to be with my kids, sitting with my wife and enjoying my family.
I know, I know it was only one night but I’ve come to really enjoy these people of mine and don’t feel quite the same without them. I miss the laughter and constant chatter of my toddler and the sweet smiles and coos of my baby girl. I miss my wife’s smile and presence.
There may be times when peace and quiet and no responsibilities or charges sounds amazing, but I know where my heart is and what I’d really rather be doing. I love my family and can’t imagine doing this life thing without them 🙂
This is fatherhood…