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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Outlook (06/02/11)

TITLE: Roller Coaster
By Michael Joshua
06/09/11


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A friend of mine once told me that my kids were lucky that I could play with them like a child or deal with them as an adult. Im sure I didnt really understand what he was saying at the time. To me it seemed that he was mocking the fact that I was sitting on the floor playing around with them.

Now I know that was not what he meant at all. He was a bit of a stuffed shirt. Perhaps he was envious of my being able to translate myself back into a childish state when he could not.

I like to believe that my kids were lucky. Not that I was such a good dad, but that I could relate to them on a child-like level. I find myself doing the same thing with my grandkids.

I spend my days with the grandkids watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Phineas and Ferb, putting together puzzles, constructing marble race tracks, playing board games and reading picture books. I especially like having the two grandsons read to me.

Life in the slow lane with a book, or the fast lane on their bikes, its a wonderful roller coaster.

Life with children, in most cases, is what you make it. At least it is with me. Although money can be an issue its more about how you see things. Recognizing the blessings that God sends our way and then taking the time to enjoy them.

I would not trade one day of my life with my children for more money or success or insert your own dream here.

My family my wife my children their children all I can say is that being an adult spending time with a child on their level is quite the added blessing.

Kids it truly is about outlook.

Maybe my kids are still lucky. I know that I am.


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Tracy Nunes 06/12/11
I couldn't agree more. Especially in our time, the love of a parent and grandparent is so crucial to mental, physical and spiritual health. To be with them is more blessing than anything else and far better than anything money can buy. Well done!
Beth LaBuff 06/14/11
Your list of activities with grandkids was "very familiar" to me! :) I think you've learned the secret, that of appreciation of simple things and family.