The boys made a memory jar for Tim for Father’s Day.
I just knew there was no way they could create a piece of artwork or something homemade – the pressure would be too great and we’d end up where we were last year.
So I stole this gift idea from my friend Jess.
I asked the boys some questions and recorded each answer on a slip of paper.
And because the answers were so perfect, I had to share them here.
What’s your favorite thing you did with Dad this year?
G: Learning how to play guitar and going to all the concerts
H: Going on the water slides at Great Wolf Lodge
L: Playing Hot Wheels
What is something that dad did that made you laugh?
G: All his funny jokes
H: When he said the slide at Great Wolf was like a toilet
L: When he calls things bathroom words
What is your favorite thing that Dad cooks?
G: Homemade pizza
H: Pork chops, chicken skewers and hamburgers
L: Macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese and quesadillas
What do you like to do with Dad?
G: Go to Guitar Center
H: Go on water slides
L: Watch the Palladia channel on TV
What would you like Dad to teach you this year?
G: How to mow the lawn
H: How to armpit fart since I’m not very good at it.
L: How to ride a bike with two wheels.
Now my answers.
My favorite thing we did this year? We were a team – through school meetings and sports activities and everything in between. You didn’t miss one baseball game or concert or IEP meeting. You arranged your schedule to be there for the boys and for me. We took “divide and conquer” to a new level to make sure each kid had alone time and quiet time.
Something that made me laugh? I have many specific private moments when I laughed until I cried. And then there were the times when I wanted to cry, you made me laugh instead. Holding my hand through it all.
My favorite thing you cook? Everything. Duh.
What do I like to do with you? Again, everything.
What would I like you to teach me this year? I want to find my “fun” again. I see how the boys turn to you for the games, the laughs, the “let’s do this” together. You understand the boys in ways I can’t.
I want to learn all that from you.
“If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day till eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you
If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then
Again, I would spend them with you
But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do, once you find them
I’ve looked around enough to know
That you’re the one I want to go through time with.” – Time In A Bottle by Jim Croce (which also happens to be the song from our wedding)