It was Friday night and it had been a long week so all I really wanted to do was stay home and relax for a little while. So you know what that means, "MOVIE NIGHT!" Have you ever noticed we try to give our need for relaxation a special name so that way we don't feel so guilty for needing it. Hence, movie night was born. On a side note, don't feel guilty for needing some down time. Just don't forget that down town doesn't always mean alone time. But that's another story for another blog.
So this past Friday night was officially dubbed "movie night". So after Ol'dad found a couple of movies at the Red Box. A great invention I might add. I pick them up on my way home from work, along with some very large boxes of candy from the local store. I also brought with me a projector I borrowed from work. This would be the highlight of movie night. Because a 10' x 12' screen on your living room wall is always a hit no matter how you slice it.
After the appropriate pizza had been ordered, delivered and promptly consumed we settle in for a night of excitement, adventure and even a few tears. Movie night was a success! We had had a great time relaxing together. Or at least that's what I thought. I had thought that was all we were doing was relaxing, but it turns out we were doing much more than that. I didn't know the full extent of movie night until two days later as I was tucking my son into bed. He said to me, "Dad, that was really fun watching the movie so big on our wall." I said, " I know, we will have to do it again sometime." That's when he flipped the switch on me. He said, "What I liked most was sitting on the couch with you." Simple words but powerful meaning!
We had set on the couch together lots of times. But those times were not always doing something he wanted to do or watching something he wanted to watch. This time we were doing something together. Still relaxing, still having some down time, but not alone. We were together. And we were touching! As parents we must never forget that our kids need touch. Dad's it is important for us to give a caring touch to our sons. They still need a arm around the shoulder when sitting on the couch watching a movie. Daughters still need to sit on their daddy's lap and be lavished with hugs and kisses. It's the little things that they remember two days later as your tucking them into bed. It's the little things that we do now that will change your family tree.
One day my son and daughter will not remember what movie we watched that night, but they will remember that we had movie night and that it was fun and that it was a time when we were all together. Those are the kind of things that change a family. Those are the things that change a family tree. If you don't want the same old thing, the status quo, the usual for your family than begin chaning your family tree. Maybe one day your grandkids will come to your house and tell you all about movie night and how they got to sit on the couch with dad or mom. That's when you know your family tree will never be the same.
Start changing your family tree!
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