Is something that I haven’t had in quite some time. My weekends usually consisted of catching up on schoolwork that would be due by Sunday, or taking care of things around the house that I normally wouldn’t have time to (still gotta take care of that closet, by the way). But this past weekend gave me something I had really missed: time with my family.
LOOK AT THAT FACE! She’s so happy! For those of you that don’t know, the photo above is my daughter Pizza (not her real name, of course). It wasn’t the first time she had a chance to go to White Sands, but it WAS the first time she went with me there. Every other time she’s gone, she has been with my wife, her brother and sister, along with my sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and their kids. I’ve been in school for as long as my daughter has been ALIVE. Let that sink in for a moment…Needless to say, there have been innumerable times where I’ve had to deny myself the opportunity to go on these trips. But not this time! We made sure to make the most of it.
This was my son’s second trip there. I COULD NOT get him to stay still. Any second that he wasn’t climbing or sliding down a dune was a second wasted in his eyes. In fact, this picture was taken the first time he asked me to carry him, after spending 4 and a half hours running around. Ah, to be young again with boundless energy! His little legs finally tired, I had to carry him back to our parking location, up and over at least 1,000 dunes (at least that’s how it felt)! If you’ve never climbed a sand dune with a 40 pound, wriggling child on your neck, I highly recommend it. I swear my traps are an inch taller and my neck is half an inch thicker. GAINS!
I was going to place a picture of my wife and I above, but she wouldn’t approve any of the photos I took. So you get a nice vista instead! It was honestly breathtakingly beautiful. If you haven’t had the chance to visit White Sands National Monument just outside of Alamogordo, New Mexico, I very strongly recommend it. If you get there early enough, some of the parking areas have barbeque grills, with tables and metal canopies. You can also go to the visitor center, where you can learn how integral WSNM was to the American effort in the space race against the former Soviet Union.
Make the time
What I’m trying to get at is this: Make time for the people you love. We’re all busy, with work, school, or passions like writing blogs or recording podcasts. But, (and this is especially true if you have kids) we need to make the time to make memories with them. Because those that we love are not with us indefinitely. We’re all here for a finite amount of time. I lost years with my kids. I’m trying to make up for it now, but you don’t have to do that. It’s not about buying them the nicest things that money can buy, but about giving them that which is invaluable: ourselves.