After writing on fatherhood last week, I was delighted to come across a blog post by Noah Moore with a wonderful father/ son running story. They wanted to be the first father & son to run over the newly renovated Ben Sawyer Bridge. I quote:
“The bridge is not that big, but it is special. It is an icon of the Low Country (anyone who has seen pictures of Charleston during Hugo will recognize it as the bridge that was turned on its side).
It felt awesome being there with my son, knowing that we were the first father and son to ever cross that span. As we turned to go back over the bridge, my son looked at me and said, “You are the best dad in the whole world!”. It was one of those moments that can not be scripted, can not be artificially constructed, there was pure joy and excitement in his voice. This was an adventure.”
Mind you, their first attempt to cross that bridge was after 10 PM the night before, when the bridge was supposed to open. When it got too late and the bridge did not open, they came back the next morning. I love this story not only because it involves running, but because a dad and his son are on a mission together. It reminds me of adventures I had with my Dad when I was a little girl, such as skiing down a new, untried trail or hiking in the woods to see a beaver dam.
Parents, don’t worry if you can’t afford to take your kids to Disney World (or Disney Land … I am living on both coasts right now). It is the little adventures that are important.