Yesterday while visiting my in-laws at the camping I looked at my wife and my boys and realized that these days together are numbered. There is a song called, “Everything must change” and it had never hit home like the last couple of weeks. Shawn is 14 and I just realized the times are changing. He is growing up so fast and I couldn’t be prouder of him. He is making excellent grades in school, plays football on the Dutch national team and the captain of the baseball team. Even more than that, Shawn is a better human being. I admire him so much and the person he is and is becoming. Yesterday at the camping I gave him a big hug. Nothing unusual, we hug often, but this time it felt different. I will be strong of course, but as the days go by, Shawn is moving closer to the door.
Jacky, my oldest sweet daughter, is a blessing to me as well. She is a strong woman now and makes me proud to be her daddy. She left me for a while and now she is back, stronger than ever! She brings the joy in my life and is Joe’s role model. He couldn’t find a better one. I know how to handle Joe from Jacky.
For that matter, my little boy Joe is getting bigger and more independent every day. He now dresses himself and prepares his own breakfast and lunch. Seeing him becoming more independent makes me even sadder. He is my last child. He is so different from Shawn. He is a smaller, better, purer version of me. I learn more about myself the more I am with Joe. And every day, I learn a little more about how to deal with me. My children mean everything to me and I am so grateful for my wife Irene who blessed me with these children, Jacky, Shawn and Joe and God who delivered them healthy to me.
We should all take the time to be grateful for what we have, and show the ones we love just how much we love them. I love the people in my life and if I have not hugged you in a while, hug me. I won’t fight it and I will hug you back.
Have a great day!
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