Here is an interesting test of parenting: My daughter would like me to learn to do this with her. This involves her dropping her school work to practice it, and my dropping, well, everything else. But it is so, so cool. And also, true to the lyrics, I know that one day my daughter will have a ticket for the long way round, and I am going to miss her when she’s gone. She won’t always want me to do something with her. So I am trying to be patient, and engaged, and have fun while I’m at it. For me, sadly, this is tougher than it should be, but I am so glad that I still have the chance.
Also, if you haven’t seen it, the Odd Life of Timothy Green is breathtaking and I highly recommend it. The children and I went last night. I cried through the whole thing, but it made me remember how very, very blessed I am to have them. A rare movie where you can really say, I am better for having seen that. I will be thinking about it for years to come.