Julie Lyles Carr: Daddy Dates

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Daddy Dates

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There are several things I like about my man.


And by several, I mean oodles.

But there was a little something he did recently that made me like him even more.

He took the six youngest kids, from 3 of 8 on down, on an afternoon excursion.

A Daddy Date.

Leaving 1 and 2 of 8 and I home to revel in the quiet.

I really like that guy.

Michael took the crew out to a gorgeous state park about an hour outside the city, a merry compilation of climbing rocks and icy fresh streams and hiking and splashing and sunshine. Perfect fodder for wearing out energetic, wild children.

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My understanding when they left for their adventure was that they would hike and eat snacks. I don't think anyone mentioned swimming.

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But I can prove by the sandy wet clothes left in the back of the van that there was at least some sincere wading. And then there's the photographic evidence.

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Yeah, I'm going to have to agree with you here...this is starting to look a little more involved than 'wading'.

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Exactly what is the dividing line between 'wading' and 'swimming in the only clothes you brought with you with no towels or swimsuits or dry underwear'? I'm a little confused.

But by any definition, a Daddy Date is a beautiful thing.

Even when you stay home.

In the quiet.

While the kids hang out with Daddy in the sunshine...wading.

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