Time does not stop for us mere mortals very often. Try as we might the world keeps on spinning, the sun sets and the moon rises. Tides go in, tides go out and the wheel keeps on turning (good song that last bit). It is the way of things and as much as I wish it was otherwise it’s probably for the best. Stagnation is never a healthy thing for any living organism, humans included. As most of you know we recently welcomed a new member to the family. My fourth child. He’s awesome and for the past three and half weeks or so I got to freeze time, or at least put in in extreme slo-mo.
Last June I got to pause life for a twenty four hour camp out with the family and it was pretty awesome. This time its nearly four weeks of pause time. Now though, life is slowly beginning to speed up once more. I’m not entirely sure I’m happy about that. The isolation the family has had has been, well, pretty dang awesome. There has been no school, no work and a whole lot of us just being a family. I had grand plans for the time I was off. Ideas to go camping, to take the three ‘older’ kids to a museum or two and to get out but none of those materialized. Last night I spent time thinking about that and at first I was a little down about it. I like to think I lead an active lifestyle but the past few weeks my life has been anything but. I feel like I let the kids down a bit but then I thought about what we’ve been through and the fun little moments we’ve had and I’m not so sure I did.
There have been many moments over the past few weeks that have brought us together as a family. We’ve entertained Lil P together, we’ve fed and comforted him together. In those moments when he was asleep and we were awake we’ve relaxed together. We’ve watched TV, we’ve gone shopping, we’ve played video games and in the end maybe I didn’t let them down as much as I thought I did. I just know with the two of the kids being 12 one day soon they’re not going to want me around, or at least they’ll pretend really really hard they don’t want me around. Maybe in the end, as life creeps towards warp speed for me, and the family soon thereafter, the summer wasn’t as ‘wasted’ as I thought. When Lil J was born it cemented our family together and now with Lil P I think the finishing touches were put on the family as whole. The girls love the little guy and enjoy helping out. Lil J has been very gentle around the new guy and seems very fascinated by the whole affair which is really awesome.
In about 36 hours I’ll be returning to work (can I get a big Darth Vader ‘Noooooooooo!!!!!!’?) and about three weeks from that older kids will return to school. Two weeks after that my wife returns to work and the family will be diving head first into life. I’m not sure we’ll have the opportunity to freeze life the way we’ve just done and I’m a little sad about that. Life does not often slow down and I feel like we’ve put it off just long enough. I hate to admit it but it’s probably time to hit the play button once more. It’s always a bit scary when you restart that older computer you’ve had sitting on your desk for years and is covered with cobwebs. I very much feel like that old computer as I begin prepping for a return to life (Hey, I look good in cob webs). It’ll be a fitful wheezing start but it will start and soon will be chugging away like nothing ever happened. I’ll miss the alone time, the quiet moments spent holding a newborn and just watching him (they’re even fascinating when they’re asleep) but there will be new moments. There always are.
So I’ve gotta say is ‘Stand back Life!’ I’m on my way back and you better look out if you know what’s good for you!