The other day I sat down to write a post. To be honest, I can’t even remember what it was going to be about.
Just as I was about to write, a bright and happy little face appeared in the doorway.
“Book please!” was all it took. I abandoned the post and within seconds we were sitting in our reading chair. Together we went on all kinds of adventures. Book after book was pulled from the shelves. A pile of books steadily grew next to the chair as each one was read.
There was nothing particularly noteworthy about this moment, it was the kind of thing that happens every day. Yet, this moment was everything. It was pure joy, daily dad-and-daughter time at its best.
Children change and grow rapidly. These small, daily moments are precious.
Over the past two years with Hannah, I have come to realise just how precious the small things in life are. Babies change rapidly into toddlers, and I can see already just how fast my tiny toddler is changing into a little girl. With each day that passes, she changes. While I adore the personality that I can see flourishing before me, a small part of my brain misses the things she will never do again.
BUT… at least I know I was there. I have those memories of before Hannah could walk, before she could talk. They will always be with me because I learnt early on that the every-day, the mundane and the normal are what matter.
To be there for it – to be present, to witness each and every leap this little wonder makes – is what being a father is all about. Being there is what has helped Hannah and me to form a special bond, something that is more important to me than just about everything else in this world.
That post from the other day will remain unwritten, as will many, many more. I have a thousand more little stories that I could tell of special times and humorous moments (toddlers are a goldmine!). Some will become stories on this blog, after all, that is why Blog of Dad became a thing. But when that little face looks up at me just as I’m about to sit down and write…
I’ll make the same choice every single time.