How many times do you as a father get bombarded with requests from your kid about doing a weird un adult like activity with you kids?
They want you to get in the pool with them.
They want you to let them ride on your back.
They want you to drive them to their friend’s house.
They want to watch that awful movie.
They want you to do that funny voice again.
And what is you reaction to this? Absolutely not to do it. Because, The pool is too cold. Beacuse your body hurts. Because you just came back from work and had a long day.
You just have to.
Imagine thinking back to this moment in ten years. Will you regret twenty minutes in the cold water or will you look back and cherish it.
You think your body hurts now? Just wait! Think about the time you will be picking them up for the last time. or you will be taking them to college, and dropping them off for the last time, you’ll be thinking anything but what I would give to do it all again?!
This is why we have to say yes.
We have to do it, while we still can. As we’ve said before, one day it will be the last time you ever do it.
They will have gotten older, or moved away, or god forbid something terrible happened, and that chance for one last dip in the pool, one last ice cream trip, one last walk in the park , one last piggyback ride, one last conversation on the car ride, one last awful movie marathon…will have vanished. Who knows. Life is such!
So say yes now and next time. Say yes while you still can.