Dear Jack: Our Friday Off Together

9 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

Last Friday went perfectly! I took the day off to spend with you during your Fall Break.

We spent the morning going on a long hike that led us to a cool creek where you got to play in the mud and clay- then I took you out for donuts.

It was definitely a nice change of place.

Then on Saturday morning, you and I went apple picking in the light rain.

Even though you’re now a month away from turning 10, you still reached out to hold my hand during our hike on Friday. That means a lot to me.

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Fall Break Begins and I’m Taking the Day Off Tomorrow to Spend with You

9 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

Tomorrow, I’m doing something I never do:

I’m taking off a day off work, and it has nothing to do with us going on a vacation.

I’ve had a really good year with my numbers as a Recruiter. So once again, I get a day off this month as a reward for my work last month.

So what better day to choose than one of the days of your Fall Break?

We’re going to wake up in the morning and go on a new hike- a place not too far from us that apparently used to be a driveable Jeep trail.

Actually, we may learn that it is still is a good trail to take our Jeep out on.

Mystery and adventure await!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Holly: Nostalgic for the Present

4 years, 5 months.

Dear Holly,

I feel like I have traveled back in time from the present, to better appreciate “the good ole days” right now with our family.

Especially being able to work from home since this past March, I have been blessed with much more quality time with you.

I appreciate our family’s life together so much now, in a way I never could before, that it’s like I am nostalgic for the present, before it even becomes the past.

Maybe I am seeing life in a new perspective now that I’ve only got 6 months left of my 30s.

I cherish my life with you. I’m not letting it slip by.

 

Love,

Daddy

 

Dear Jack: You Surprised Me By Wearing a T-Shirt of Me to School

9 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

When we were at Nonna and Papa’s house a couple of weeks ago, I found one of my old t-shirts I was given while I was a teacher in Thailand in 2003.

It has a sketch of my face with my name in Thai underneath.

I had no clue you brought the shirt back with us to Tennessee.

But this past Monday, you surprised me when you were wearing it as you were getting ready for school.

I love the randomness of how you wore a t-shirt of your dad to school- and yet only one of your classmates even asked about it!

Love,

Daddy

Dear Jack: Helping Your Sister on Papa’s New Zipline Chair Ride

9 years, 10 months.

Dear Jack,

This past weekend was Papa’s grand opening and big reveal of the commercial quality playground that he has been working on for the past couple of years.

Saturday morning, Papa used you as the final test subject for his invention “the zipline chair”, before he let any other kids try it out.

After the zipline chair proved to be a success with you, by default you became other kids’ guide in getting them set up and launching them down the hill.

It’s especially hilarious to me how much fun your little 4 year-old sister had on that thing. Not scary at all to her!

Love,

Daddy