That moment when I get home from work is one of my favorites. I open the door and hear that melt-your-heart exclamation, “Daddy’s home!”. My three kiddos come running, I see my lifetime love’s smile, and yes, even the dog makes a beeline to say hello.
Today was extra special. The kids were in the living room, dancing to some songs on the Pandora Disney station. It always brings a smile to my face when I see them grooving to those tunes – lots of fun Kodak moments (hey, I’m old enough to say ‘Kodak’ instead of ‘Instagram’).
Then, the song came on. My daughter’s and my song. The classic, “Tale as Old as Time” from “Beauty and the Beast”. We have danced together to that many times, but it’s been awhile. The song comes on sometimes while we are in the car, and my princess always says, “Skip it! We can only listen when we can dance together.” So we skip it.
I heard it come on today, and I stopped what I was doing and headed to the living room. There she was, about to skip the song since I wasn’t there. But instead, our eyes met, her face sweetly lit up, and she put the remote down. Into daddy’s arms she ran.
She dances better now than last time. She dances smoother. She dances…older.
My wife grabbed our video camera, but it wasn’t working right. But that’s okay. The memories of that moment are now seared in my mind, in my heart.
As the song wrapped up, I thought, “This song is too short.” If you’re a parent, you know that problem. The song is always too short when we have those moments with our children. The song of their childhood, the song of their calling my name to help them, the song of them wanting to play ‘super spy’…it all seems too short.
It’s okay, though. I don’t want to dwell on how quickly time seems to be passing. I want to live in the moments God gives each and every day. He’s the One that’s put this family together, and given us these wonderful, forever moments. Yes, the days fly by, but what amazing days they are that He has planned!
So I want to spend the years ahead living a cliché – making the rest of my days the best of my days. I think I have a lot of days left, which is great. I don’t want those days taken up with too much work, too many projects or too many iPhone games. I want them filled with laughter, joy and dances. Long dances. And hopefully, the song is a little longer next time around.