It’s always the same. I’m pulled in two different directions when it comes to my children. No matter which I’m with, I long to be with the other. I need to come up with the magical formula to be at two places at the same time.
Kari and I had a wonderful time together. We went out to eat a couple of times yesterday. Went to the mall. Hung out in her lounge area. Well, we just enjoyed being together.
As for me, I took advantage of being up late and rising early to help get her a bit more organized. I did all her software updates on her smartphone and computer. I washed loads upon loads of laundry. I cleaned her kitchen. I tightened the cabinet doors to the frame.
In a nutshell, I did dad stuff and it felt great.
Now, let me take a minute to talk about her laundry. Just envision her room as wall-to-wall clothes. That’s what I walked in on. Then, to my dismay, I find this is several layers deep! I asked her how many times she did laundry since arriving in August. You see, I already knew the answer based on the amount of laundry detergent used from her bottle. I was guessing she did two loads somewhere along the line. Turns out, I was spot on. The only thing that helped is she brought laundry home with her when she visited.
I had to laugh as I was working on her cabinets and other fixes. I could clearly see the handy work of many dads before me. Yes, we are a resourceful (and creative) lot when it comes to quick fixes. Aside from the assortment of screws we could scrounge up, I noticed duct tape, bungee cords, and even toothpicks in the bygone repairs.
I was able to get out for an hour this morning and picked up some groceries for her. I shopped for her food like she is a man… as easy to prepare as possible, but at least somewhat healthy. Really, most of it can be eaten right out of the packaging it is sold in. To me, that’s a beautiful thing.
I will be sad to leave her. I’m missing her right now and I’m still here! I look forward to the upcoming two months. I really just need to muddle through this week. She will be home for a week over Thanksgiving and for a little over a month for Christmas.
I really can’t believe I have such a wonderful daughter.