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Spring has sprung. For many families, this means their children will be home as almost every school in America has disbanded for a week. When my brother and I were young, this meant a week of movies, Nerf wars, water gun fights and a creative series of hide-and-seek. We would start planning days in advance.
Of course, I lived in a neighborhood at a time when you could go outside at morning and brought back in at dusk. Unfortunately, for the most part, those days are gone (depending on where you live).
As the father of three young and growing boys, I'm fortunate that for now I don't have to worry about them getting out of school. But that time is quickly coming to an end. Soon, I'll have to account for the time spent at home. What to do with those precious moments?
Chelsea and I are not averse to the quick traveling trips. As Some Boy's vocabulary increases and his interest in scientific things grow, so does our opportunity to show him an ever-advancing and expanding world. Sure, it may have started with Dinosaur Train…but at least it's a start. His eyes widened, he takes in more of what is around him.
While walking to a restaurant in Phoenix recently, Some Boy found the city's stamp etched into every block corner. “Look Dadda! A fossil!” I of course replied, “Wow! What a cool fossil.” A smile beamed on his little face and his eyes bright blue and lit up. I could try to explain the city marking to him. My desire, however, was to simply foster the excitement and energy he gains through discovery. Even if it means he is really discovering a three-year-old fossil intentional placed there by a guy wearing a reflective vest and a hard hat.
A simple trip to the desert has evolved from a voyage through a hot and water-barren wasteland to a vast plain, rich with treasure and history. The rocks are no longer just hard balls of sediment, but orbs laden with prehistoric relics.
I make sure to show him that there is so much more to what he is looking at than what he sees passing by. All he has to do is look a little closer. And close he loves to look. Ants, bugs, beetles, bees and flies all live in a small places.
We make sure to spend the necessary time playing in the pool at home, of course. We also make sure to take in a movie or two as a family. But it's important to me to take the time that spring break offers to expand on what the boys will learn in school. Bring home the lessons and apply them to life around them, making sure to have fun. It's a time to show them that dad cares about how they see the world and that I am here for them. As a resource, a guide and a father.