Longtime friends might recall that in 2013 I took a pretty decently long chunk of time to "go dark," re online stuff, as I had been in the middle of a personal shitstorm, and I just couldn't fake it online anymore. I needed the break. Something had to give, and it was online activity.
Then, yesterday, for Father's Day 2016, I just said, "why not," and (with permission) put him back out there.
This silly, smart, good-at-heart boy ordinarily isn't allowed on SM anymore (I used to reference him pre-2013). After getting through the drama of 2013, I have way more time for him now. Little league baseball coaching (he made the all-star team!) was a big time suck from last summer's long runs, making them skew later in the day. But they were sacrifices I happily made to spend more time with him. No real father experience of my own to model after, except what not to do. So #HappyFathersDay as we continue to learn and do our best to make things better than before.
THEN, all of this reminded me that I used to tweet about him a LOT pre-2013. I captioned the photos (screenshots from 2016 for calculating the TimeHop app). As TimeHop presents me funnier ones from earlier, I'll probably update this post with screenshots of those too. I think some of these are a hoot!
|From April 4, 2012|
|From January 3, 2013|
|From May 4, 2012|
|July 19, 2012|
It was right to avoid hyperdrama and stop with him, because real life is far more important than this online blogging nonsense that some people take WAY too seriously. But he's older now, and the decisions I've made in my life are MINE -- your opinion on them are irrelevant, because they work for me. I'm a RunBlahgger -- I don't do a lot of "DaddyBlogging" (apart from the HooWow Issues).
He'll be in Oregon ahead of me, but will be waiting to see me, and it will be hard to tell which of us will be more excited. His sister will remain with her mom in the DC area (see the bit above about my life being mine, and keep your opinions to yourself!). Life will progress. It will work out.
But, I thought it important to acknowledge him more formally, as I've made adventures with my daughter so prominent as we get into various shenanigans.
Happy Father's Day. Let's make sacrifices to atone for generational-old sins, and stop the cycle with this generation - they don't deserve the baggage (particularly in light of the national debt we're leaving them!).