Acting like a kid is so fun, and watching your kids act like you is terrifying. The other day I witnessed both of these first hand. The day started like any other Saturday morning. We got up and had our cereal for breakfast. He likes "fruit loops" while I ate warm oatmeal. We took his Mom into work and then headed back home. "What are we gonna do today?" I asked him. "Build a race track." he yells back happily. I think to myself....how can I make it different and better for him today. I was bored of the same old race track we'd been playing with.
We search for things to make a big hotwheels race track out of and in the basement we found a gold mine. An old piece of eavetrough. This took me back to when I was a kid and we used to build tracks in the old barn at Stewart's, the family across the field. We would play for hours there. Up the stairs we went and we built a race track in the hallway using the eaves trough, some plastic tubing, and pieces of the old hotwheels track. He and I played for hours and I even videod some of it. You can easily hear in the video (sorry I don't like posting videos) that I am more excited than my son.
Shortly after playing he comes running up to me and says "Daddy I gotta go to the potty." I tell him to hurry down to the washroom and he heads off. Half way down he stops, turns around, and to my surprise says "I need to get a book." He goes and grabs "The Divide" by Nicholas Evans (a great adult read by the way), and runs into the potty. He gets up on the seat and opens the book. Now this scared me, becuase suddenly I realized how much of an impact I was truly having on my son. He could have only learned that from me and he reaffirmed this by saying "Look Daddy I'm reading your book on the potty just like you." I was oddly proud and yet terrified at the same time.
From now on I will be more careful about my actions around him and I will have to be highly consceintous about how I treat others as well.
Stayed tuned. I am planning a cold weather backpacking trip and I will fill you in and have some pics.