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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I Forgot My Age Today

I rushed home and through the front door at the speed I answered calls, wrote emails and ran reports at work today. Life has become so busy that I can no longer remember one day from the next and I usually begin catching my breath about the time I pull the blanket over my tired body. I am an adult with responsibilities: I have a wife, a child, and a full-time job. I have to balance the check book, worry about the bills and provide for my family. I have definitely become too busy to play, waste time or sleep in.

All of this changed today as I sat on the couch next to my 15-week old son. Britnie had sat him there while making dinner and he just stared at me with a curious gaze in his eyes. At first I was too busy unwinding to notice little Josiah until he made a few desperate sounds. I turned and looked at him, and saw him staring back at me.

“Hey there little man!” I said as I reached for his little body and sat him on my lap. I looked him in his eyes and made a funny sound with my lips. He stared back at me and tried to make the same sound with his lips.

I quickly made the sound again… and so did he.

We stared at each other for a moment and then Josiah began laughing uncontrollably. This caused me to laugh. I laughed so hard that I could not stop and tears were beginning to fall from my eyes. I cannot remember the last time I laughed this hard. Time seemed to stand still as Josiah and I looked at each other, still laughing. My heart was soon flooded with a simple joy that the riches and successes of this life could never produce. For a moment I forgot I was an adult; I forgot my age. Today, I experienced one of the greatest joys a father could experience. I felt the deluge of joy that I lost somewhere in my teenage years. I think society has become so advanced and so ambitious that we have all forgot to stop and enjoy life. I learned today that we are never too old to become carefree again. In fact it means more to me know then it did when I was young.

2 comments:

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Cassie-andra said...

That made my heart smile =) Thanks for the reminder.

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