To know me is to know that I love summer, and I’m tickled as pig hoof pie that Noah is developing a love for summer as well. It’s a very important season to us because… well… it’s the season of endless fun!
He’s still got two days of school left, after which time we’ll be as free as can be. So in preparation for our big responsibility hiatus, we went to Wendy’s and decided to make an “official summer plan” while we downed some grub.
Noah started devouring his chicken nuggets while I dove head first into my Berry Almond Chicken Salad (yeah, that’s a real thing, and yeah, it’s as good as it sounds). I pulled out a pad of paper and asked Noah what we should call our list.
“Call it the we gotta do it during the summer list!'” he screamed.
“Okay,” I said as I wrote his exact words across the top. Then I told him to tell me everything we should put on our list. But, before he could say anything, I made him pinky promise me that we would do everything on our list during the summer, no matter how long it was.
Now, I wasn’t necessarily expecting much of a list. I mean, how many things can a five year old come up with?
Apparently a lot.
And what really tickled me was that every single thing he listed was something that he and I love to do together. And the list went on and on and on. For a brief moment I felt like the best dad of the year as I realized that I spend a lot of quality time with my kid.
“Go on Bapa’s boat!”
“That’ll be fun!”
You get the idea. By the time our list ended it also included a trip to our local waterslide park, hiking, finding a waterfall, searching for cool rocks, going to the movies, going to the park, playing at the splash pad, making awesome Photoshop creations, going on walks, picnics, the beach, tee ball, swim lessons, golf, sleepovers, building forts, assembling puzzles, carving our names into a tree, playing with friends, playing the Xbox, and eating chocolate ice cream.
And what’s amazing to me is that I didn’t have to think of any of it. He came up with idea after idea all on his own, all things that he loved doing with his old man.
So, if I skip out on blogging here and there this summer, you’ll have to forgive me. Noah and I have a pretty awesome list to take care of. And we will. We have to. We pinky promised.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. What are you doing to make sure you and your kids have the best summer ever?
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