I've seen a few other bloggers posting this month in the Blogging A-Z challenge, but by the time I checked out the details and realized it was an April challenge, it was too late for me to actually sign up and follow the rules.
I do like the concept though, and so thought I would try my own version of the challenge, with my very own rules. Why? Well, because who doesn't like to play by their own rules?
As my post title would suggest, I have decided to do a Dad's A-Z project where each post would relate to something about my experience being a father to Lukas. Pretty cool, right? Hey, just roll with me on this one please. Anyway, another guideline I have chosen to ignore from the original challenge is the part about completing it within a month.
If you've seen my recent productivity reports you will understand why. Given that, I thought a less ambitious goal was in order. I wanted one that would still hold some significance though, so I chose June 17th since it was 4 days after Flag Day.
I chose 4 days since I have been blogging here for 4 years which is very significant. So my goal is to complete the Dad's A-Z Challenge by 4 days after.....wait, I just realized that June 17th is also Father's Day! That's quite a coincidence, and one that works out perfectly for my challenge. Awesome.
To start out with, A stands for Astronaut.
Lukas has been convinced since he was 2 years old that he is going to be an astronaut. Some kids love cars. Some kids love trucks. Some love construction equipment. Lukas? He loves rockets, and space. Mrs. LIAYF and I thought that this may have been a phase that he was going through, but his enthusiasm for them have not waned in the past couple of years, but only gotten stronger.
In fact, he has long held firm to the notion that he wants to be the first person to set foot on Mars. Yes, that is quite a lofty ambition, but when you are 4 years old the world is full of infinite possibilities and few dreams should be discounted.
Therefore Mrs. LIAYF and I often take the time to encourage him and let him know if that's is what he really wants to do he can work towards being an astronaut when he is grown up. We let Lukas know that astronauts are very hard working, mathematically oriented people. And that if he wants to go to space, he will need to work hard, concentrate, and listen to his teachers in school. He seems to get that concept, which no matter what he ends up doing in life, will certainly serve him well.
But for now, he can just be a boy who loves space, and rockets, and the notion that he will be able to climb beyond Earth's reach one day.
Sure, it most likely will not happen. But being his Dad, and knowing how hard he works at getting things right, I certainly wouldn't put it past him.