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Eating Lunch Outside

Fatherhood Eating Lunch Outside
It was a simple idea really. Eating outside with my 4 year old son. Nature’s very own showcase dazzling our senses by means of fresh air, vibrant colors, rich sounds, a chance meeting with a lady bug, and an industrious ant carrying a leaf 3 times its size. Much to the delight of my mischief prone boy, we were even treated to a gust of wind giving flight to our paper plates. My son was visibly content. A far cry from the rambunctious, seemingly rocket fuel powered, insatiably inquisitive little lad I’ve grown accustomed to over the years. Together, for the first time in our history as father and son, we collectively experienced a sense of tranquility. Honestly, I nearly fell off the bench where I was seated in disbelief.

We spoke about random topics. Bugs, of course, remained high on the list.

“What do ants eat Daddy?”

“Usually leaves, but they’ll eat a variety of foods.”

“Like macaroni and cheese?”

“Exactly.”

“Like you make?”

“Yup”

“How about if Mommy makes it?”

“Probably not.”

“Why?”

“Never mind.”

A few seconds passed.

“Silly Daddy.”

(note: His mother makes a fine batch of macaroni and cheese.) The process of aging was also addressed.

“Will I still live with you and Mommy when I’m 100”

“Probably not.”

“Why?”

“You’ll be too big.”

“As big as an elephant?”

“No, but too big for the bed you sleep in now.”

“Oh. How about if we just get a bigger bed for me Daddy?”

“Talk to me about it when you’re 21, okay?”

Also on the agenda was the subject of fingernails.

“Daddy, why do girls and women have long nails?”

“It’s just a choice which many girls and women make to grow them long.”

“But I want long nails too?”

“Okay, but you’re not a girl. Why do you want long nails anyway?”

“To fight all the carnivores like T-Rexes”

“Well, in that case, we’ll talk about it with your Mommy.”

I could ramble on with platitudes of the joys and challenges of fatherhood. And yet, there are moments with one’s children that defy description other than a connection with one’s humanity. I can tell you we took way too many silly pictures, giggled without provocation, and picked out (much to the dismay of my lower back muscles) the perfect green leaf from a tree to bring home to his mother. My son decided we should have lunch outside more often. I agree.

What memorable connection have you had recently with your children?

  • It’s always a great feeling to have that moment alone with your kid. It’s not better or worse than when you are together as a family, just different in a good way.

    • Anonymous

      Absolutely. Important to keep the bonds between the family as a whole strong.

  • Eating outside is a great way to enjoy lunch! We do this often. Don’t you just love those 4 year old conversations? My two and half year old can come up with some GREAT questions right now, but mostly we are still in the WHY stage!!

    • Anonymous

      What I love about having children is the absence of pretense. Just pure, unfiltered thoughts. Great to be reminded about the wonder of it all.

  • It's always a great feeling to have that moment alone with your kid. It's not better or worse than when you are together as a family, just different in a good way.

    • cutemonster

      Absolutely. Important to keep the bonds between the family as a whole strong.

  • Eating outside is a great way to enjoy lunch! We do this often. Don't you just love those 4 year old conversations? My two and half year old can come up with some GREAT questions right now, but mostly we are still in the WHY stage!!

    • cutemonster

      What I love about having children is the absence of pretense. Just pure, unfiltered thoughts. Great to be reminded about the wonder of it all.

  • Shoebuf

    Great post for a great memory!!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks!

  • Shoebuf

    Great post for a great memory!!

    • cutemonster

      Thanks!

  • Maria

    Wow! That’s fantastic! A lesson to all parents to just spend a little time, one on one, with your kids. That’s all they really want and need! Beautiful story Vincent

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for taking the time to read it. And honestly, I think he’ll take away more from our lunch than a day at the amusement park.

  • Maria

    Wow! That's fantastic! A lesson to all parents to just spend a little time, one on one, with your kids. That's all they really want and need! Beautiful story Vincent

    • cutemonster

      Thank you for taking the time to read it. And honestly, I think he'll take away more from our lunch than a day at the amusement park.