I could have done a million things. Yes, those readings, assignments, all piling up without mercy.
I could have done a million things. Yes, those adult ‘paperwork’ – bills to pay, emails to reply, deadlines to meet.
I could have done a million things. How about coffee with some old friends? Aleric, Carol, Eric….Haven’t met them for awhile now. Wonder how they’ve been? Maybe they are busy too, who isn’t?
I could have done a million things. Uninterrupted ‘me-time’ to finish a good book or listen to Karajan’s Beethoven recordings again or be a couch potato to watch the CSI episodes I’ve recorded….in solitude.
I could have done a million things. Those cables behind the TV? Waiting for the only handy-man at home to untangle the mess.
I could have done a million things….I really could….if not for those 2 pairs of beady eyes staring straight back at me.
It’s the weekend. There are a million things to be done…
But they’ve only one Dad.
And they’ve waited for a week…
I’ve got a million things to do with them. Like bringing them for a walk downstairs. Playing with the neighbour’s dog and saving snails (yes, we pick them up by hand and move them to the sidewalk to save them from being crushed).
I’ve got a million things to do with them. Like imagining a twig as a giant stick insect! Or that coo-ing we hear, it’s a giant bird! Let’s run for our lives. RRRRAAARRRRghhhh!
I’ve got a million things to do. Like bringing Buddy out for a spin in his ‘car’ – Golly! It’s been awhile. If I had waited any longer, it wouldn’t fit him anymore.
If I put the other million things first, my firstborn would soon prefer to hang out with her friends. ‘Bye Daddy, see you later!’ That WOULD hurt. Ouch.
I could have done a million things but nothing…
Nothing in those millions could replace the laughter, the chatter and the innocent moments when those beady little eyes looked at me, holding out their puffy hands, asking:
‘Daddy, can you play with us?’
I could have done a million things but I chose to do the most significant of them all.
Children make your life important. ~Erma Bombeck
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