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Our Story Begins: The Two-Way Street

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Our Story Begins:
The Two-Way Street

I found a cache of photos I thought didn’t exist the other night.

This wasn’t a simple walk down memory lane, though, it was a quest for something missing.

For their birthday, I had given my twin sons a new computer, something sorely lacking in the home and a necessity for them for school. I just had to scrimp and save a bit to make it happen. It’s immensely faster for them but a few things went a bit haywire.

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First: “Dad, there’s no CD-ROM drive on the new computer!” We fixed that with an old external drive I own.

Second: “My instillation disc is missing!”

That one was the quest. My son, who loves to make animated movies with a stop-motion camera, had all that software installed on the old computer. Now he couldn’t find it. In the process, we found a CD-ROM buried in a cranny of my desk.

“Why is there a disc from Target,” my son asked?

When we put the disc in the drive on my computer we found a treasure trove of photos from when the kids were just tiny little things.

I’ll be honest, it was a welcome respite from the search.

I work in television news and as I write this we are in the first days of what is called a “ratings sweep,” when the stations check to see how many of you are watching TV out there. It’s a big surge and I end up working lots of hours.

So add that to the craziness of being a single Dad. I came home, late, exhausted every night.

Sam

Then one of those little guys up there asked me for help.  He needed an “audition tape” for the school’s news site. It’s 11:30pm, I get up in less than 6 hours, and I’m editing his audition for him. He never really asks for anything, so how do I say no?

The next day . . . a Sadie Hawkins dance has come up. There are forms to fill out, community service requirements I didn’t know we had and then…more forms to fill out. Of course, all this requires some sort of monetary advancement as well.

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That leads us back to the moment we found that series of photos. I think they’re from a failed attempt at a Christmas card, but I have no idea.

Little Ones

I suppose we all tend to think of our kids like those little people up there. When their Mom passed away I started to cook, do laundry, and grouse constantly at how I’m cleaning and they’re not helping. I never think twice about the things we need to do or going to the park even when I’m tired. As a parent we just do them. That’s what made what happens next so extraordinary.

Toast.

Yep. Toast happened.

I came in the door after my 5:30am run this morning to see my sons had made my normal morning routine for me: coffee and toast.
“We put some honey on it for you,” they informed me. They’d seen me do it before.
I write for a living so it isn’t often I’m speechless. I suddenly realized that as much as I worry and do what I can to make sure their lives are as normal as I can make them . . . they do the same thing. They saw me stressed out from the weeks and did one thing to make my morning better.

It was the best thing ever.

That. . . and somehow I realized that they weren’t those tiny little creatures any more.  Somehow, without my realizing it, they turned into these people:

Picnic

What about you? Do you get so caught up in the everyday you miss the growth your kids are experiencing?

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