The tweet said the world needed more blogging Dads. I’m a Dad of two boys ages 8 and 5 and different as night and day. I prefer the title Dad to father, as the old adage says “any male can be a father but it takes a man to be a Dad.” With the first requirement (fatherhood) met as put before me from @playgrounddad I considered the blogging portion. I like to write and occasionally offer a tweet of my own. So with a novice’s approach to the pen I look forward to sharing my thoughts and observations on my blundering attempts at parenthood. So here it goes…
Almost two years ago I offered the world my first tweet… to a loyal following of three followers who encouraged my joining the little blue birds online. The first tweet was in reference to identifying and savoring the perfect moments in life… an intention I picked up from the book, Chasing Daylight by former KPMG CEO Eugene Kelly:
Perfect Moments aren’t necessarily moments nor are they perfect.Regardless, treasure it.
— Skip Scaggs (@skipnms) January 3, 2011
Amazing how many times since that tweet I have stopped to memorialize a snapshot of my life with the boys included. These moments are hopefully becoming the etchings in my mind that I may view before slipping off to the other side whenever that time may come, not soon I hope.
Not only am I now trying to capture these little moments of life, but have sought to live a life that creates them. Not that I want to create a trite life of Stepford ways but instead make choices that hopefully lead to enduring memories for both myself and my children. Three weeks ago I decided to wash the house. So with an overzealous ratio of bleach to water in my pressurized sprayer I covered the house and prepared and hose it clean. Enter the 8 year old and his desire to help.
In the past I might have dismissed it and focused on finishing the task at hand in time to move on the next chore but in the search of my perfect moment I agreed and handed over the high powered nozzle of streaming water. Since my 8 year old doesn’t necessarily think through the correlation of line of sight and line of spray I endured a good soaking. In the end, I was wetter than I wanted to be, the project took longer than I expected but the memory has been and continues to be worth it. Our project was far from perfect but the moment will stand the test of my time and hopefully one day in the distant future I will get to relive it in the film that is the life before my eyes.
Perfection is not obtainable but perfect memories are. I look forward to sharing more in the future and hope someone cares enough to read them.
Image Credit: Matts Lindh