My children love getting my attention. On the weeks that I work four night shifts, they don’t really see me until my first day off. So on that day, they all clamor for my attention. As much as I want some time to myself to unwind a bit, I know that I should spend the time with them. So I did.
This afternoon, my son approached me and wanted to assemble a wooden toy he had bought at the Calgary Expo back in April. I really wanted to say no, but knew that it would be better to work with him on it at a time that worked for him. He was attentive and very focused as he put it together. I held the pieces and cleared the excess glue as we went. He was very happy with the final result and is wanting to put it on display in his room.
As my son and I were working together, my daughter sat to watch and asked if we could build one of her models next. As reluctant as I wanted to be, I still said yes. So we built a cute little anime style panda together. All I had to do was take the pieces off the plastic tray and she assembled the entire thing. When we finished, she ran off and took a bunch of photos of her Panda and her other matching bear in pretend battles.
Both projects took less than 15 minutes each. My children were so happy to have me there to help, even though we all knew that they really didn’t need me for the projects. It was a nice way to say “I love you” and spend time together. Putting my children first when it comes to these moments are important to me and to them.
As tired as I might be, or as annoyed as I might feel, putting those feelings aside for thirty minutes made all the difference in the world this afternoon. Everyone was happy at dinner, we all sang and joked as well. Pretty sure it was all because of the little things in life that we do for each other.
Now I am off to have quality time with my wife as we drive out to visit some friends. My days off aren’t really days off. 😊