By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune, August 3, 2013
Tightening a bond during another cherished summer Published: August 3, 2013 It is hard to believe, but summer break is almost over. In the next few weeks, school-aged kids will forego lazy days, late nights, beach trips and just hanging out in exchange for backpacks, homework, earlier bed times and dreadful school lunches.
The pastor at my church once reflected that your kids are only children for 18 years. He said that means only 18 summers to spend with them.
He urged parents with young children not to take that time for granted, and to enjoy the 18 (or fewer remaining) summers you have with your kids while they are still children.
I think about his pointed remarks often, and at the end of each summer reflect on what more I should have, or could have done with my kids. Time is precious, and you can’t get it back.
Last week we took the girls to North Carolina, where we rented a house on Lake Toxaway with a pontoon boat. We spent lazy mornings fishing off the dock and tubing on the lake. Since our part of North Carolina was experiencing long and heavy downpours every day, most of the afternoons were spent indoors playing games, reading and watching more children’s movies than any adult should ever be forced to watch.
We played cards, and I got beat playing “Junior Monopoly” by my three girls, who have a combined age of 21 to my 42.
Donald Trump, I apparently am not.
For me, fishing with the girls was the greatest highlight. Watching them watch me hook live red-wigglers, night crawlers and neon-green Canadian night crawlers – which I was equally fascinated by having never seen them before – was a treasured moment.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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