By Brawler Milonas
Last time, we talked about all the extra things we might be able to do with the time we suddenly have on our hands. Of course, one thing that changes that dynamic dramatically is if you have children. Especially those of us who have young children. I’m the proud father (most of the time … we’ll talk about that in a minute) of two beautiful, smart and healthy children.
My 8-year-old daughter is obsessed with dance and has decided she wants to watch “Stranger Things.” My 4-year-old son is the spitting image of me in every single way. From the dimples on his cheeks, to his temperament, all the way to his obsession with all things professional wrestling. Kids don’t understand what is happening, so in addition to keeping them occupied and productive, we also must shelter them from the fear while trying to explain why things are a little different.
My daughter’s days are mostly occupied. She has second grade schoolwork and can do her dance classes virtually in her room. Things are a little tougher with the little guy. We watch and play wrestling, we find constructive and educational projects to do, he runs around and burns off energy in the yard, but he also likes to push the limits. Remember we talked about that “being proud most of the time thing?” We’ll revisit that now and talk about how he decided that he wanted to try and flush an apple down the toilet. Why, you ask? I’ll give you his answer: “I don’t know.” As I referenced in the title, please send beer!
In all seriousness, it’s awesome to have this additional time to do family things. I certainly wish it was under different circumstances, but with how crazy life is it’s nice to be home and spending quality time with them. Life will eventually get back to normal, but maybe the takeaway for all of us in this should be to slow down occasionally and spend those extra moments with the people that mean the most to us. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go powerbomb my son on his bed a few times!