"Coke in a bottle, Hecho en Mexico"
King Solomon, writing to his son:
"When I was my father's son, tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, he also taught me, and said to me: "Let your heart retain my words; keep my commands, and live."
My two oldest boys went away this weekend with their grandfather and uncle to see an antique tractor show. That left the two little mangoboys home with me and since the newest is still tied to mom for feeding, I took the 9yr old out for a haircut. We shared a few laughs and a "Coke in a bottle" while watching a few trains roll through our small country town here in the middle of the San Joaquin valley.
Since I am often in the "dad-to-many" role, I love these times when I have just one of the mangokids with me. It gives them a few hours of dad's attention and it allows me a little "Solomon time" to probe a little deeper to find out what's going on in their lives and provide some more specific shepherding of their hearts. It also provides an opportunity to surprise them with a treat and to remind them that they are unique and special to me. It takes time, it takes commitment, but I can almost see their little lives fill-up as we spend the time together. Kendra can tell a difference too - often on the other side of the coin, when she encourages me to take one out for some needed shepherding or one-on-one time!
And, for the cost of the coke and few hours of time, it's cheap therapy for a weary dad as well!
Quietly making noise,