Every Parent Should Experience Moments Like These

Last Sunday seemed to be another ordinary day. It was actually a sunny beautiful day with a cool crisp breeze. It was a day well spent with my little family.

In the morning, we went to Trader Joe's to pick up some food for lunch at the park.  While I was in line to pay, my wife took my two year old son to the kids' whiteboard wall to doodle and draw. When I was done, I went over there to get them and found that our son was clearly upset about something. Based on my wife's little pep talk, I discovered that his world was caving in because he wanted to play with a blue marker and there wasn't one. 

As silly as it was, he was genuinely upset. At that moment I thought to myself, "How lucky is this kid that the worst thing that happened to him today was not having a blue marker to draw with?" Pretty lucky. 

After that, we brought the food to the park to enjoy some sunshine. Right when our toddler saw the playground, he instantly transformed into this ecstatic little bundle of excitement.  He jumped up and down, threw his arms in the air, and screamed with a big sparkling smile on his face.  I couldn't help but smile and laugh.  It was a great moment. Mentally, I asked, "How awesome is this kid's life where a trip to the park is the most awesome thing ever?" I was in awe in how much the little things in life made him happy.

As we were on the bench eating lunch, I reflected on everything that happened that day.  I was having a great time with my family and enjoying the day outside.  I also thought about how lucky my son was. If I could give my son a life where the worst part of his day was not being able to play with a blue marker and going to the park was a highlight of his day, then maybe I'm a good parent after all.


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