In my 14 years of being a dad, here is the one thing that I try to remind myself of all the time…
Don’t miss the small moments.
I have missed my fair share of big and small moments over the years.
It’s probably one of my biggest regrets in life. Far too many years I was off chasing something that I probably didn’t need to be chasing and I missed way too many big and small moments.
I’ve tried hard. I have. I love being a dad and I love my kids. But, I have missed too many moments. I just have.
But, daily, I’m reminding myself to take advantage of the small moments.
Like, the other night, Madie and I had a few moments alone. Her brothers and sister were off and the living room was quiet for just a minute. So, I just played a simple game with her…I just asked her as many questions as I could.
Her face lit up.
She danced as she answered.
She got more and more animated.
She loved telling me her responses.
I asked her about everything. What she loved about school, stuff about her friends, her favorite movies and so many more.
Those 8 minutes were the best.
She still talks about them.
I still talk about them.
I want them back. And, I know they will happen again.
I just can’t miss the small moments.