Dad for a weekend

 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.

  1. #1 by Erica on April 25, 2005 - 2:30 pm

    LT: Finally a blog I feel I wouldn’t make a fool of myself by commenting on. I am glad that you had the chance to be a “dad for a weekend” – I really have nothing other than that to say. There is nothing to mock you on here – although I wish I could. Ahhh the days of you slacking off in Dave’s office. Does anyone from the office read these comments?

  2. #2 by Leighton Tebay on April 25, 2005 - 2:58 pm


    As far as I know the office staff are pretty much oblivious to blogs.


  3. #3 by CWG on April 25, 2005 - 3:43 pm

    Good job man. Hey the bible says where there is no vision the people perish…..You have one flames fan now you need to win over the other one….GOOD LUCK. BTW after awhile you seem to get used to living amidst children ruling your time. Kenderdine McDonalds can be a huge refuge for parents 🙂

  4. #4 by Darryl on April 25, 2005 - 4:39 pm

    LT, you could have convinced them to cheer for Canada’s team, the Maple Leafs.

    Sounds like a great weekend. Kids are great.

  5. #5 by Carol on April 25, 2005 - 6:58 pm

    “…misguided and deceived by his mother”????? Interesting how you just keep spinning that one. Free choice, that’s what it was, his own free choice.

    CWG: stop encouraging him with the brainwashing! 🙂

  6. #6 by David on April 25, 2005 - 7:08 pm


  7. #7 by Muffin on April 25, 2005 - 7:47 pm

    forget the Flames and the NHL. the NHL is dead to me, now i watch good ol’ BCHL and WHL, wonderful junior hockey with players that actually have motivation to become better players.

  8. #8 by Randall on April 25, 2005 - 9:55 pm

    Ah, this blog is taking a distinct turn for the Familial.

    That’s a cool thing.

    Good job LT. Now, start driving faster down this yellow brick road.

  9. #9 by Dave King on April 26, 2005 - 4:49 pm

    The flames, over the Oilers? What did you do to the poor kid?

    – Peace

  10. #10 by Kevin Harms on April 26, 2005 - 6:36 pm

    Wow, welcome to my world. Good job though! One day down! You know what, the Flames win all their games when they don’t play with this strike going on, but they still suck! Catch ya later.

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