Friday, June 6, 2008

Good Medicine

I'm not sure exactly why, but I just didn't feel right yesterday. Maybe it was the culmination of a long week at work following a busy weekend working on our deck. I have also been having trouble sleeping this past week, where I would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to go back into any kind of good pattern. This all resulted in very little downtime for me recently, with my feeling drug out and tired as well. It very well might have manifested itself in how I was feeling yesterday.

Add to all this the fact that Lukas' daycare has been pushing a new napping schedule recently, one that has him taking one nap during my lunch hour, when I would normally go and see him during the workday. I had not been able to see him much all week and so was missing him more than I realized. I called Mrs. LIAYF around 2:30 and mentioned that I was having a rough day. "Why don't you go over and see Lukas?" was her response. "Well, I don't want to upset him and if I went now he would likely think it was time to go home and would be upset when I left him a few minutes later". "Go, over and see him! He will be happy to see his daddy," she insisted. I couldn't argue with that, so I went over and paid my son a visit.

Mrs. LIAYF was right. Luke was very happy to see me, but not nearly as happy as I was to see him. After 20 minutes or so sitting with him, reading books and just enjoying a moment of being a little boy, my mood brightened. The past week's troubles melted away like ice cream in the summer heat (which we have none of here in Seattle currently). My short visit was a good reminder of one of the reasons Mrs. LIAYF and I were so looking forward to becoming parents . . . the opportunity to slow down and to see life from a kid's perpsective. After a hard week, Lukas was just what the doctor ordered.


SciFi Dad said...

Great post.

Since my wife is a SAHM, I'm fortunate to have the opportunity of my daughter visiting me at the office for lunch on occasion, so I get where you're coming from. A mid-day break with my kid changes the whole day, if not week.

James (SeattleDad) said...

I have never been a gushy sort of guy, so I am surprised at how much I miss spending good quality time with Luke during the week.

It really sooths the soul to hang out and enjoy the company of someone you love.

Thanks for stopping by.

Martin said...

That is just magic.

(your posts haven't hit my reader for a while fro some reason)

James (SeattleDad) said...

Thanks X. I don't do the reader thing, though I think I should. I am usually just going back to sites I like to check if anything is new. Not the most efficient way to keep in the loop.

Anonymous said...

Nice post. I get to pick Cooper up after work, and it's something I look forward to all day. I get an hour to him with myself, and it's a great time to unwind and be goofy.

James (SeattleDad) said...

Yeah, it is time that I wouldn't trade for anything!