One thing we learn as parents is that it is the little things that often matter most to our kids. The special moments that they will remember forever are easy for us to forget. We are so busy with so many things that the stuff they find so very special we sometimes let slip right by. I have three kids, and while we did many things as a group when they were growing up, as much as possible, we tried to give each of our kids some “alone time” when they could share an experience one-on-one with me or their mom. Whatever we did, it was special because it was “just us.”
Les Not So Miserable At All
When my daughter was 9 or 10 we had one of our “dad and daughter” excursions and went to see a production of Les Miserables in Miami. She had learned something about the show in school, and it was her idea to go see it together. It was a special night for me and daddy’s little girl. Dinner and a show! (OK, dinner was at a Burger King, but it was a really cool Art Deco Burger King in Miami…). I was reminded of our night on the town when I saw an ad for the new Les Miserables movie coming out this holiday. I immediately texted my daughter, now 21, “I want to see the Les Miserables movie with you when it comes out,” wondering if she would remember. Of course she did, and immediately replied, “Yes, what a great idea!”
Even Better When Remembered
We had a great time when we saw “Les Mis” together, and it was wonderful to know we both recalled it fondly. Now I can look forward to reliving a new version of that sweet daddy/daughter night out when the new movie opens next month.
Our minds are filled with so many special memories of moments with our kids. It is nice to step back once in a while and remember them together…
Have you looked back on any memories with your kids recently?
Jeff Sass is the proud dad of ZEO (Zach, 24, Ethan, 22 and Olivia, 21). He is also a seasoned entertainment and technology exec and active social media enthusiast. You can see more of Jeff’s writing at Sassholes! and Social Networking Rehab and you can listen to Jeff on the Cast of Dads, Wunderkind! and Gape Into The Void podcasts.