June 16, 2008

Wishing

"DADDY, I WISH TODAY WOULD NEVER END..."

It hasn't happened too many times - when one of my kids says something that makes me pause, gaze at them in awe and feel my eyes start to water. It's when you know that they have experienced something that will stay with them, has affeected them, has moved them... And consequently me. Pure joy...

It's like a couple years ago when we were driving through Virginia on the last leg of a 2500 mile road trip and Anna, the only kid still awake, out of the blue says "Daddy, are we in heaven yet?" and my first and only response was "No baby, but I'm about as close to heaven as I'll ever be ..."









The latest came Saturday from Emma, my 8 year old, on the last night of our week at Sandestin. It was about 9 o'clock, the sky was cloudless and the moon was nearly round. We were alternating between the hot tub and the pool in about 5 minute intervals. We had been talking about all of the fun things we had done last week...




Like spending countless hours net-fishing on the shore, catching tons of little minnows and walking starfish and tiny round jellyfish... Like riding our bikes all over Sandestin, through the tunnel and around the joggers (sometimes over the joggers, right Aidan?), learning little things like it's not always as easy as it looks to get back on the sidewalk after your wheels get in the grass...









Like walking on the pier and spying the raccoon, then feeding the fish and gazing at the yachts... Like Aidan falling asleep sitting upright at the table at Hammerheads during dinner... Like playing with our friends Mike and Reese and Hilary, and Reese being too scared to get in the trunk...









Like Emma winning the prize money for doing the most back flips (18) on the harnessed trampoline... Like Aidan jumping into the deep end then realizing that he couldn't touch, or swim, and me running from the far end of the pool to rescue him after he was under for what seemed like forever (although probably just 7 or 8 seconds...)...

Like the old truck parked for decoration by the ice cream shop that Aidan and Anna played in for hours on end... Like our favorite dockside table at our favorite pizza restaraunt, Robertos, and the giant fish the kid caught from right by our table while we were eating... Like chasing lizards, and frogs, and of course fish and crabs, and squirrels and ducks (at Beef O Bradys), and our pet-for-the-week Gary the snail...









Know what? I wish it would never end too...


Thanks for reading My Daily Spin...

5 comments:

Cliff said...

DV,

Your kids are great. I am glad you have a good time with your kids.

Thanks for sharing. Take it easy.

Bullet said...

I think it's awesome they way you love your kids and the way they inspire you. Glad you had a good week.

Lisa said...

You are blessed and so are they to be able to share such adventures. The kind that will want to share with their kids when they grow up. :)

Robin said...

Sounds like a wonderful week of adventures. They are growing up fast, it's wonderful that you take the time to really think, hear, see, and enjoy these moments.

IronJenny said...

This is what makes you such a great father - you can really stop and smell the roses with your kids, and be thankful. They are so lucky and so are you.
xoxo
Jenny