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A Good Day

I hate shopping.

It doesn’t matter if we’re talking clothes shopping, food shopping or — perhaps worst of all — simply window shopping, I despise it. I’d rather have my fingernails torn off with pliers. I’d sooner watch 24 full hours of Lifetime TV movies whilst chained to my basement floor. If I had a choice between shopping and being sexually assaulted by a well-endowed rhinoceros, I’d gladly take my chances with the beast.

Which is why I was more than a little surprised that Mother’s Day consisted of shopping at Home Depot, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops and Staples — and it was one of the best days I’ve had in a very long time.

I’m willing to bet if you ask most parents to recall their happiest times, they’ll talk about the day their kids were born or the first time they smiled, talked and walked. Don’t get me wrong, those are all great moments and I remember them well. But when it’s time for me to think back on the times I remember most fondly, it won’t be those moments. Instead, it’ll be days like the one I had Sunday.

While driving from Staples to the Home Depot, I rolled down all the windows to enjoy the 75-degree, cloudless weather. First I looked at my wife — sunglasses on and hair flapping in the breeze — as she enjoyed the day. She’s so beautiful and the warm weather puts her at ease, bringing out an easy smile all too often hidden by stress and medical maladies. Then I checked the rear view mirror and saw my gorgeous son — shades on and grin in full gear — lifting his face to the wind with one arm stretched out towards the window.

I know it sounds corny, but one of my favorite things in the world is unexpectedly finding myself in a Kodak moment of familial serenity and total happiness. Usually we don’t realize they’re happening, so to actually recognize and appreciate it while it’s happening is pretty special.

Will caught me looking at him just then and gave me the “what are you looking at?” face. I just winked at him and he laughed and said “You’re silly dad, I love you.” That caught MJ’s attention and she cocked her eyebrow at me as I told her I loved her too.

“This is nice,” she said, turning her beautiful face back towards the sunlight. “It’s been a good day.”

Better than you know, baby.

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4 thoughts on “A Good Day

  1. Great post! I’ve been following you for awhile now and enjoy your sincerety and honesty – I have a 2 year old daughter and these small moments are huge knowing how fast time flies by.
    At the risk of looking like a troll, I am launching mi Lifemap app this Monday. mi Lifemap is a private storage application for a family’s most meaningful memories (photos, videos, diaries, social media all mapped on a timeline) for moments such as this – so you can look back in 30 years and recall it easily. There’s even an eBeneficiary so you can pass your account down to your wife and kids and ensure your most important memories are preserved and pass forward to future generations.
    Sorry for the length of my comment, i’m not trying to sell it here – I just realized the importance this product would be for my family so I built it for us and moments like this.
    Denim

  2. “You hate shopping, but had an epiphany about it? Such a stereotypical man. So disappointing. No wonder Ikea has Manland.”

    Honestly, Aaron .. it doesn’t matter to me whether you like shopping or not, I appreciate you took the time to share a piece of yourself and a story on your blog. But the comment above is the sort of garbage you’ve been tossing in the face of writers at Babble this week.

    We’re all bloggers trying to offer support, insight, laughs, debate, etc. There’s no need to continue pissing in everyone’s face. One day the wind could change, and that won’t be pretty.

  3. Buzz, what are you talking about, what is that comment and where is it from? I’m not sure what you’re getting at.

    As far as “pissing in everyone’s face,” you’re out of your mind. You need to get over the fact that disagreeing vehemently with someone is not the same as pissing in their face. Look how many people got legitimately upset about that Babble post. It’s not like I was a lone voice in the wilderness. And, in fact, I went out of my way to say Cody seemed like a genuinely nice guy. I certainly didn’t insult him personally or attack his family as he claims some other people did.

    I’ve been the subject of ridicule for blog posts. I STILL get hate mail every day over my post about confronting the abortion protesters. It is par for the course. If people can’t deal with that then they need to step out of the game. Especially if they ADMIT TO LINK BAITING and going for the controversy, and then get upset that they got exactly what they were seeking.
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  4. And the difference is I said that I hate shopping. Me. I’m speaking for myself, not all men. Nothing I wrote in this post disparaged men in general and purported they’re unable to do 10 simple tasks as well as mothers.

    Why you can’t grasp this simple distinction is beyond me at this point.
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