This past weekend I was blessed to be able to spend time with my wife without the kids. They stayed most of the weekend with some friends and the last several hours before we got home with my parents. We had a great time with the retreat but missed our kids.
Today we decided to keep out kids home instead of sending them to school. We had a picnic at the park with them and then let them play for a couple of hours. My oldest is growing up quickly. She can play on every piece of equipment without any help. She knows how to swing, do the monkey bars, climb pretty much anything. All of that without any help.
It is kind of sad to think she is growing up so quickly. On Easter she found me in the sound booth to ask if she could take Communion with everyone else. I explained what it was about to her to make sure she remembered. We have done this before but I always want to remind her what Communion is about. I walked her down to receive the elements and looked down at my little girl holding my hand in the back aisle of the church. In that instant I had a flash of the future. My little girl wasn’t so little and I walked her down the aisle once again as she wore a white gown.
I think some songs are written intentionally to try and make grown men cry. Butterfly kisses has no purpose in existing beyond that. Still, I remembered that event and that song when I decided to take time from this week to spend with my kids. They grow up too quickly and there is no way to recover that time.
School is very important and I know my kids learn foundational stuff every day, but I also know that those things can be made up. It isn’t easy but it is possible, unlike the time lost between a parent and a child.
Did you ever play hooky with your kids?