I can’t wait ’till I have kids. Well, I’m sure I’ll miss things like extra spending money, freedom, and sleep… but I’m looking forward to the stories. You know, the fun crazy weird things your kids do. The things that you wish you had a video camera for, but usually don’t.
One thing I’ve noticed about many parents is that when they’re in the foxhole, doing the nitty gritty day-to-day stuff that parents do, it can be easy to miss the stories. I’m hoping that’s one of the advantages of having had the opportunity to watch so many of my peers and siblings become parents before me — the perspective that comes with being on the outside looking in. I hope I’ll be able to appreciate the stories as they come, amidst the busyness.
One friend that has done a tremendous job of appreciating theses stories has done us all a favor by writing them down. Chris Hollenback is a freelance writer — and a good one at that — who maintains a blog called “What My Kids Don’t Know Hurts Me.” Besides the funny and engaging writing style, he does a tremendous job of utilizing images that add to the humor of his real-life stories of being a parent of two kids. I remember reading a while back that most blogs fizzle out after 11 posts. Well, Chris has recently blown by that magic number, so hopefully he’ll be along for the long haul. Do yourself a favor and check out his wonderful stories of parenthood. Meanwhile, as we tumble headlong into a new year, be sure to not get so caught up in the busyness of life that you miss the stories that make life meaningful and fun.
Congrats on the blogging milestone, Chris!
[tags]parenthood, stories, perspective, babies, parenting[/tags]