I love my kids – Briana and Cairo! I love to spend time with them. I love to be a part of their lives. I don’t want to be the overbearing dad, but I want to be involved in what they’re doing. There’s a fine balance between being their dad and being their friend.
Cairo and I have always seemed to have common interests, such as XBox 360 video games, kicking the soccer ball around, common TV shows, etc. It’s just been easier to bond with him than Briana.
Briana is unique in her own right and it’s taken a bit more effort to get close to her. We’ve done things with each other, but nothing has really gelled until recently when I took up reading one of her favorite book series – Twilight by Spephenie Meyer. She was always so excited about the book series and always talked about the characters. When the release date for the movie was announced a few months back her excitement was over the top. I told her that I couldn’t wait to see the movie. She said that I couldn’t see the movie since I didn’t read the book. Jokingly, I said, “OK. I’ll read the book.” She ran to her room and gave me the book. She was totally jazzed when I started reading the book. We instantly had a common bond. We would make comments about the characters in the book and the storylines. We could say lines from the book and have the shared – “You know, right” moments!
A bit about the book series – no spoiler info… it’s a young adult love triangle fiction involving vampires and werewolves. Crazy, but it works. I’m not a big fan of vampire stories or similar based fantasy stories, but Stephenie Meyer does a very good job of writing it toward the relationship aspect vs. the gory topic. The books are a pretty good read. I’m toward the end of the fourth book.
All of this to say… keep looking for things to do to connect with your family, your wife, your children. I love seeing Briana’s face light up when she sees me reading the book or when we’re discussing where I’m at in the book series. She’s been awesome in not spoiling any of the books for me. I’d ask her a question out of impatience and she’d say… you’ll see!
Thursday night/Friday morning at 12:01am – Briana and I are going to the first showing of the Twilight movie. I’m super excited to be spending this experience with Briana. I normally wouldn’t have Briana out until 2:00am on a school night, but she’s a good kiddo and one sleepy Friday at school won’t kill her. She’s excited about seeing the first showing.