Dad for a weekend
This weekend my girlfriend was
gone for a women’s retreat and I took care of her 2 kids. I had a
really good time. The highlight had to be Saturday morning.
The youngest boy (4 years old) came in to ask if he could go downstairs
and watch TV and upon seeing me he was SO excited he was shaking.
With great enthuisiasm he said “LEIGHTON! You’re here!” It was
hard not to have a good day after that.
Taking care of kids something I’m no stranger to. I did lots of
babysitting in previous years and I worked at bible camps for a couple
of years. I encountered very little in the weekend that I hadn’t
experienced before. “Muffler stains” on the underwear, a limited
skirmish between brothers, and an absolute refusal to eat soup were all
part of the package. All in all the kids were very good.
I’m amazed at single parents. My dad was a single parent for a
lot years. My girlfriend’s husband died just over 3 years
ago. There are so many things in life that are easier if you
don’t have to load up kids in a car, or wait for them to get
ready. You can’t just run off to 7-11 for a snack because you
can’t leave these kids alone. I found the biggest adjustment to
make was spending all day with just kids. By the end of the night
I was starved for adult interaction. I grabbed the baby monitor
and walked next door and hung out for a little while with one of my
roomates. I live next door to my girlfriend.
Another highlight is the youngest boy decided he was going to cheer for
the Calgary Flames. I didn’t even have to bribe him or brainwash
him. He simply saw the light. Such a smart boy. The
older son is a die hard Oilers fan. That part is a terrible
tragedy. He is smart too. Unfortunately he was misguided
and deceived by his mother.