NOTE: This post goes out specifically to parents, but can be applied to anyone who has someone important in their lives. (That means this post is for you.)
Yesterday was my oldest son Gabe’s 10th birthday. Kind of a big deal -Double digits.
A lot of cool things happened right when Gabe was born: I bought my first house. I bought my first gym and of course I had my first son. This all happened within the span of a few months of each other.
And without question the first decade of his life has been the best decade of mine.
Doing the math, Gabe has been present for 25% of my life.
This is not to say we have not had our ups and downs. Gabe was born with a heart defect that required surgery (not fun for anyone). He is also ADHD and on the autism spectrum which comes with it’s own super fun set of obstacles.
But that’s the deal. Kids drive us crazy.
I and would not trade any of it it for a second. (Well, maybe some of it I would trade.)
I certainly hope that Gabe knows how much I love and care for him (and while I’m at it his brother Nate too).
But it should not take a birthday to remind us of how much our kids mean to us, or how much we mean to them.
I mean, I am a better man for having Gabe in my life – and he should know that.
I am fortunate enough to get to see my boys every day. But I also know that this will not always be the case. Eventually they will grow up and move on.I still have a few years left , but it will happen.
So here is your homework: Grab your kid and hug them.
It’s that simple.
Tell them there is noting more important in your life than them. They might not get it now, but eventually they will.