Rain Boots = Joy?

September 1, 2012 — 5 Comments

Dad and Son - JoyComing home as we drive around the corner to our cul-de-sac, my oldest son hears the splash of the tires going through a large puddle. “What was that, daddy?” I hear from the backseat.

“Just a puddle, buddy.”

“I want to splash too!”

“Hmm, o.k. pal. Let me get your brother in bed for a nap and we’ll go out.”

Almost two hours later and we’re both soaked, caked in mud (because the neighborhood is still being built and he of course wanted to play in the mud) and laughing uproariously. We go into the garage, strip down and go upstairs to take a well-deserved nap.

The next day Cherie, my wife, tells me all day Caleb had been telling her with great enthusiasm, “My daddy loves spending time with me. My daddy loves to play with me.”

Who knew? Rain boots = the greatest joy I’ve ever known…

Noel Coleman

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5 responses to Rain Boots = Joy?

  1. Sheer joy! I had a similar experience with my daughter, Brooklen, when she was a toddler. Amazing how a pair of rubber boots, a “muddle” (as my child coined it), and a parent equipt with 1) The memory of what brought delight and 2) The willingness to devote the time to share it… can create such a poignant experience! Hats off to you and your wife for committing so fully to the journey of parenthood and for having a forefront recognition of the influence of “the small stuff.” Every child deserves our absolute best effort and it is frustrating to observe so many giving so little. Your three lovely boys are very lucky 🙂

  2. Noel that was great!! So good to hear and see you. I have two boys Jamie 13 and Justin 10….it is truly amazing to see what kids find joy in doing. Take care!

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