The Adventures of Parenting

I was talking with my friend the other day who has a newborn baby when I realized that becoming a parent is a great adventure.  Although our kids are almost teenagers at this point, it is still an adventure every day because you never know what is going to happen, what they are going to say, or how much they will surprise you with their thoughts and actions.

I started thinking about how nervous and excited I was when my wife and I first found out she was pregnant with our first child.  There were so many unknowns and fears that popped up in our conversations, but there were also all of the thoughts about what our child would grow up to accomplish, what kind of person they would become, and plenty of other things like that.  Just like a trip through the jungle, you never know what is going to be around the next turn.

Children learn and grow every minute of the day.  It is really very captivating to observe.  Their little minds are constantly examining things, asking questions, making them use all of their senses to learn every aspect of everything they touch.  I remember coming home from a week long trip for work to my wife cooking in the kitchen and my daughter nowhere to be found.  I think she was about 4 at the time and liked to do everything on her own.  According to my wife, she was reading a book in her room so my wife felt it was safe to go in the kitchen and cook dinner.  Apparently, during those 5 minutes my wife had taken her eyes off her, our daughter had figured out how to open up her finger paints (which were on the top of a bookshelf) and smear them on every surface in her room.  Carpets, clothes, bedding, her hair, stuffed animals…anything you can imagine was covered in paint.  We couldn’t believe she was able to cause that much of a mess in such a short time.  Little did we know that was nothing compared to what she and our son ended up doing over the years.  It’s funny how when I think back to that time in our lives, all I can remember is the smile on her face and the pride she felt in her “masterpiece”, not the anger and frustration both my wife and I felt at the time.

While not everything that has happened during our children’s lives has been fun and exciting, we have still been on the adventure of our lives.