The simple joys of being a parent

by Matt Mecham on August 25, 2009

in Dad Stuff, Micro Blog

My son is nearly 18 months old and every day is an adventure.

If you don’t have children and the thought of owning one doesn’t appeal then what follows may mean nothing. I certainly wouldn’t blame you for writing this off as gushing nonsense. If you have young children then it may make you smile with familiarity.

Being a parent gives you an insight into a developing mind. Quite literally children learn new skills overnight. Watching them do something for the first time never ceases to amaze.

More often than not I bathe Luke at night. I don’t get to see much of him during the day so I enjoy the chance to spend some time with him. He has lots of fun splashing about, pointing out “bub-bles” and playing with his toys. It’s an effort to get him out of the bath.

Tonight he decided to learn a few new tricks. First off was sliding – or more accurately – bum shuffling from one end of the bath to the other. Each successful journey resulted in a big grin. Then, flopping on his belly and laying there blowing into the water. Then he got braver and started to dive under the water. On the third dive he came up spluttering and laughing so I wisely dragged him from the bath.

I wrapped him in his towel, cuddled him and told him he was a cheeky monkey. He laid his head on my shoulder and replied: “oh oh oh”.

It’s these little pockets of deep joy that reward the sleepless nights and occasional tantrum.

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