I find it a struggle at times to satisfy my desire for life. Experiences, new and old, are what I seek out. When I find them I humbly attempt to absorb them most times. Others rush by before I even realize what has just glanced off or through my existence.
Just this past week I have shared my son’s first spring break with him. In that week I took him, his Uncle and Grandfather all to a hockey game together. We went ice skating together, planted a garden, watched movies, had a breakdown or two, walked the dogs, went sledding, cooked dinner, fell asleep on the couch with each other and so much more. Those are only the experiences I shared with my son.
My wife and I shared a romantic overnight get away in downtown Dallas. We took in a relaxed early dinner of pizza and wine on a nice patio on a lovely afternoon before checking in to an eloquently redone classic hotel in the Uptown area. From there we strolled over to experience the offerings of the Black Eyed Peas. Our neighbors for the show included a couple with their ten year old daughter, two sisters (one of who runs half marathons), a single mom with her pre teen son and more than enough screaming twenty some-things’ and their testosterone filled boy candy. The show was decent: the experience with my wife wonderful.
A relaxed night’s sleep later we awoke to a cold morning and equally cold shower to compliment it. Neither dampened our spirits as we made our way to Arlington for breakfast together. On thankful stomachs we were greeted at the door of my parent’s with a happy joyful son who was as happy to see us as he was to spend an evening with two of his favorite people and one of his favorite dogs.
Sunday evening after dropping the young man off at his mothers the opportunity to share a couple of hours with my brother and his fiancé gathered me. Though two hours time separated my arrival to the latter, I found reflection in a walk around an old friend, Veteran’s Park. While there I shared a cheerful conversation with my daughter as she told me about her spring break at her father’s: a happy yet somewhat indifferent description of a camping excursion that included a cabin, shooting a b. b. gun, fishing, and more. Encouraging and seeking her true highlight, she told me seeing the movie “Diary of a Whimp” was her favorite time over spring break. With sincerity I apologized I was not home (she returns the same time I return the young man) and told her I was happy she was home and I would be home later after visiting with Uncle Matt. I traveled on to consume a latte and browse titles at a nearby book store before arriving at previously mentioned local.
That merely summarizes the highlights of the week. I also enjoyed: more than one midnight walk, preparing meals, doing laundry, coaching my runners, some light reading, sleeping in, staying up late, cheering on thousands of runners on a Sunday morning, paying bills, video games, conversations with friends, moments shared with family and time; time to think reflect and pursue.