As a Dad and a Kids Plus provider, I think I enjoy reading the Doctor’s Notes just as much as the families. Last week, when I read Dr. Karlovitis’ Note about her favorite part of the day with her family, it got me thinking about my favorite part of the day with mine.
Like many Kids Plus families, my wife and I are both full-time working parents. This means our mornings are full of showers, getting dressed, packing lunches, changing diapers, dressing a very energetic toddler, and trying to get out the door — all before 7:30 am. With my work schedule, sometimes I don’t get home until after 8pm. This, ofcourse, is close to bedtime and my favorite part of the day.
No, it’s not my favorite time because The kid is finally asleep! (Although I will admit that, some days, it does sort of feel that way.)
Bedtime is my favorite time of the day, because, in this fast-paced, 24-hour-a-day world we live in, it’s often the only time of day when everything… just… stops.
During this time, we talk with our son Cael about his day, read stories, and sing songs. Now, its no episode of “The Voice” when we sing, but they are fun, wonderful moments for our little family. This time is devoid of cell phones, tablets, Kindles, and all other forms of technology. It’s just a Mommy, a Daddy, and a little boy, all snuggled up in his blue racecar bed. Even our dog sometimes joins the party!
I hold these moment close, because I know that in a blink of an eye, he will be a teenager, communicating more with grunts and mumbles than hugs around my neck and kisses on my cheek. I look forward to getting a chance to spend time with him, and experiencing so many moments with him on his journey through life. But right now, whether it’s the 3rd night in a row we sang “Happy Birthday” or the 100th time we’ve read “The Bed Time Book,” these moments warm my heart. And I know that these special times will stay in my heart forever.
Travis Lewis is a certified Physician Assistant and certified Athletic Trainer.