My wife and I were empty-nesters for a minute there. Our son is a great success, living in New York City with his own growing family. Our daughters had moved out and were sharing a house together. Then one daughter moved home. A few months later the other followed suit. We are empty-nesters no more.
It’s good to have family around during the holidays. Maybe not on a full-time basis, but still, it’s good to have them close by. This allows me more opportunity to share in their lives and make memories that will last. Sometimes I enjoy embarrassing them with an unexpected hug now and then, or an impromptu dance in the living room. They hate it, but they love it at the same time.
Being a parent is a balancing act that never ends.
Recently, with nothing on my schedule, I discovered the afternoon was warm and the sky was clear. Florida’s first winter cold front had yet to flow across the big sandbar I call home. This left me with an opportunity to do something I truly love to do — take one of my kids flying.
My older daughter was home, so I posed the question. “Wanna go?”
“Sure,” she answered without hesitation. [Read more…]