My oldest daughter is almost 14. Just reading those words after typing them blows my mind. It seems like she was just a baby yesterday. I was always told that time flies and they’ll be grown up before you know it and sure enough, they were right. She’ll be a freshman next year and we are finishing up on a lot of life lessons. She’ll need to spread her wings soon and I want to do my best to make sure she is ready to soar.
A few weeks ago she and I had to go out of town for a soccer tournament. This was her first time playing at the club level and I was excited for her. I remember the first time I played on a club team. I remember the nerves and the worry and how the fast the game became. I wanted to go over all of that with her but I didn’t want to add any anxiety that she may already have. We had a 4 hour drive ahead of us and I decided it would be best to just ask questions and listen. So that’s what I did.
Hello. We may have already met. Well, what I mean is that you may have already read one of my blogs. If you haven’t there’s no need to worry. This a a great time to get started. I’ve finally decided what I want to write about. This blog started out as a class project a few years back and I thought I would keep it around as a creative outlet. Over the years I’ve had a few sporadic posts usually prompted by my own musings but have never had any real direction. I believe to a certain extent that is why I have floundered so much.
So, without further ado, I’ve decided to write about fatherhood. It’s one of my greatest responsibilities and something that I dearly love. I also know that there are tons of other men out there that want to be the best dad’s they can and a useful tip every now and then can go a long way. Now, I’m not saying I’m the best dad ever but I had one of the greatest examples ever growing up as well as a great group of guys that I am constantly learning from. Above all else I have my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as the ultimate example and I want to share my experiences and insights with you in hopes that you can also be the best dad you can be.
If you have never done it before you should. For those of us that call the central coast home it doesn’t happen very often which makes it even more of a treat. This past weekend we were treated to one of the greatest light shows you will ever see. The tricky part is knowing when and where to watch it. I have a good friend that loves lightning like a fat kid loves cake. I heard rain drops falling on Saturday and rushed outside to cover my Bronco. I happen to take the top off earlier this month because there was no way it would rain and of course here comes the remains of a hurricane. Go figure. Anyway, the rain drops that were falling where big fat ones and the air was hot and humid. As I attached the last bungee cord I saw a flash in the clouds to the south. I smiled and knew George would be texting me soon. As I walked through my front door I heard my phone go off. Sure enough, it was George. He asked If I was down to go storm chasing and I answered, “Of course.” He was watching weather patterns and radar images to see when we should head out. It so hard to predict an electrical storm! The elements have to be just right and they can vanish just as fast as they start. The weather forecast said the main part of the storm cell should arrive here around 4 am. He called at midnight and said it was time to roll. With our cell phones, portable chargers and a GoPro we set out to see what we could find. The lightning had started but it was to the north and we were trying to decide which was the best direction to follow it.