Do you have fond memories of something special that you did with your parents as a kid? For me it was was the times I got to jump in the truck with my dad and take a ride.
With four kids in the family, I never had privacy and rarely got one-on-one time with my parents. As the oldest, if I said I wanted to go do something, odds were good that one of my sisters would try to tag along. It was on the very rare occasion that I got to do something with just my dad.
I loved those times. I would jump in the pickup and we would just drive. Sometimes we went to the sale barn for cattle auctions, and sometimes we would just drive around the pastures. It didn’t matter what we were doing, I was excited to have alone time with him (without work involved).
Some of the most memorable conversations in my life began with “Let’s take a ride.” Like the time dad confirmed my suspicion that the whole Santa Clause thing was a lie. But don’t tell the other kids he said, and then we had this special secret between us. When I was in high school we took a ride to talk about the college plans I had for myself, and what I would have to do to make that happen. He always talked to me like an adult on those rides, even when I was a kid, and I respect him so much for that.
Today do your version of taking a ride. Do the thing that made you feel special when you were growing up. Let you dad (or mom) know that they made you feel special.
Tell me what memory you have that is your version of “let’s take a ride.”
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