"Warning: non-security post" One of my favorite songs as a kid was Harry Chapin's "Cats in the Cradle". Maybe because my parents were divorced and my dad was not around, the song struck a chord with me. When I grew older and got to know my Dad I was struck at the many similarities between him and I, in spite of the fact that he was not there for the formative years in my life. I am sure as a result of that experience I try to savor every moment with my own two sons.
We were sitting and reflecting at dinner tonight about New Years and as I often do I was telling the boys a story. I usually make up one that ends with a moral lesson. Tonight as I was coming to the moral punch line in my New Years story when my oldest son Landon, 8 years old, looked up at me and said, "Dad, you could sum this story up by saying that half a meatloaf is better than none". Anyone who knows me knows that I am always using corny analogies like this, so I was laughing to myself hearing Landon say that.
As soon as we were done with dinner my youngest son Bradley started complaining that Landon had not given him enough time on their Wii video game. Landon looked at him and said, "I went outside to give you time to play Wii while I was gone, it is not my fault you didn't play. Dad I can lead a horse to water, but I can't make him drink". At that point the words from the song, "My boy had grown up just like me" rang into my head. It made this New Years special and caused me to reflect on all I have to be thankful for watching these boys grow up before my eyes.
I am thankful that I have been able to spend the time with both boys these past years. I wish I could spend more time with them and hope to in the year coming up. But I reflect back on the growth both of them had over this year and am amazed. Much of the credit goes to my wife Bonnie who is home with them all the time and puts so much love and effort into raising them. They say children make it all worthwhile. I have to agree, sometimes just taking a step back and realizing it makes the wonder of it all almost overwhelming. I look forward to many more New Years with them.
Happy New Year to you all and enjoy every minute with your own families and loved ones!