When You Wish Upon a Star

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ImageIt’s Spring and that means one thing around my house – baseball! With two boys playing ball, one in “Select” league, it also means that I’m lucky if I’m home two nights during the work week. It also means that CareerMom, who works out of the house, is stuck doing the bulk of the schlepping back and forth. She called me yesterday and–you know how this works–asked if I planned on going to my son’s game last night. I could tell by the sound of her voice that there was an undercurrent of hope that I would not.

What happened was that we had an early game last night, which meant getting there really early (coach wants them there 45 mins early), which meant my wife had to either pick my daughter from DayCare early and be late to the game, OR drop off my son at his game,  and then drive ALLLL the way back to get my daughter.

I made it easy on my wife and skipped the game and picked up my daughter and went home. Throughout the evening, my wife kept me updated via text messages, so I got all the benefits of being there, with little of the nervousness.

But a great thing came out of that–I got to spend quality time with Baby Girl. She’s four now and she’s a talkative spirit. After she fell asleep on the couch and then woke up again around 7:45, we spent 45 wonderful minutes on the back porch, under a blanket, watching the stars and airplanes, and making wishes. With three kids (did I mention my friend has five?) that kind of quality time doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, you have to squeeze every moment out of it.

When we found out we were having our third child, one of my fears was this very issue of spending quality time with that many different children, plus keeping a marriage healthy, plus keeping my career going. I wish I could say that I was wrong and it’s easy to do, but it’s not. Then again, maybe it depends on your definitions of sucess. All I know is that last night was a success. The first thing she said to me this morning was, “Daddy, do you remember making wishes on the wishing star last night?

I sure do Baby Girl. I sure do.

 

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2 thoughts on “When You Wish Upon a Star

    The Father of Five said:
    April 25, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Yup… That’s about right… Right now (spring time) we are just finishing up the basketball season for one daughter. She is also just starting the Volleyball and the Softball seasons – not to mention her Religious Education classes. Then, there is Trap Shooting for one son (thankfully the other son is not involved in extra curricular activities) – and finally TWO separate dance classes for our youngest daughter! What does that equal??

    Something going on EVERY night of the week, and on MOST nights there are MULTIPLE things going.

    One day last week, I made FIVE separate trips from home back into town (to one of the various schools / venues) to deliver or pick up one of the kiddos.

    Thanks for the shout out! Glad to see you still plugging away at P&P!!

    Pamajama said:
    December 2, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I missed this one previously. You were meant to have a daughter and I’m so glad you did.

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