Before I met Superman, I knew of a Super hero that was never tired and always ready for action. He used to come from work every day, ready to play and be my friend in anything that I needed. My Dad has always been an inspiration to me, and now that I see him doing the same things he used to do with me, but with my kids, I know why.
Ready to play at a moment’s notice.
Even when he’s had a terrible day at work, Dad enters the house with a huge smile. My kids run towards him to embrace him, nocking him to the floor. Exactly as I used to do. The only difference is that I was an only child, while now he endures double the “pain”. As soon as they let him go, he changes from his work clothes into his Grandpa-suit, and off they go!
Summer can sure be wet
Usually, at this time of the year, the sun has dried every living thing on my island of Puerto Rico. Yet, this year, rain has been falling non-stop since may. On top of that, Dad, has left every toy store and pharmacy balloon-less, so he can fill them up with water and play with my kids.
Why is it so important to let kids play water balloons with their grandpa.?
- I don’t get wet and ruin my hair-do.
- I witness the magical transfiguration of an adult morphing into a child.
- My kids get to be silly with my dad. Experience what I did growing up.
- A strong bond is created between them.
- I fill with laughter as they throw the rubbery missiles at him and he tries to avoid them without luck.
Summer brings a lot of memories, when playing with my dad is concerned. Mom and I used to go shopping or visiting family members during the day, and Dad and I would have a blast when he got home from work. At night we would all gather round our living room coffee table and play Monopoly until I fell on the board asleep. Good times! The same that my kids are getting now. Boy, am I grateful for the amazing parents God gave me!
Raul Colon says
I have good memories of my Grandfather I use to see him during the summer time and he always made sure to take me around. I had lots of fun with him he would do anything to make me smile.
My grandpa left us a few years ago later in his life alcohol took over his life and he was no longer the fun Grandpa I remembered as a kid. I loved my grandfather even to the last day when he left us a bit more than two years ago. He passed away at my house suffering from the last stages of cancer something he kept quiet for quite a while so he could keep on drinking.
Those last days next to my grandfathers bed at the hospital those times I had with my Grandpa came back in his mind and mine. While I made sure he was comfortable with all his pain those memories really helped me get through the fact that he was about to leave me.
I had one of the best grandfather when I was a kid and he loved me dearly. If only alcohol would have not been a priority in his life he might be still around to see his great grand daughter.
This post really brought back some memories. Thanks Rick!