Finally, it was time to try out the trampoline again. After a long winter that covered it with several feet of snow, spring arrived. With the snow gone at last, my son Matt and his four kids joined in an impromptu session of jumping for joy.
Matt told me later that he purposely gets near one of the kids and bounces to give them a boost as they jump. With all of them running around at once, he tries to be careful not to do this for the youngest, Hunter. He’s still so lightweight that he may fly too high. Hunter did soar a few times, but seemed to say, “I can do anything the other kids do; I’m a big boy now, too!”
Celebrating Father’s Day this weekend, I thought about this picture of parenting. Matt knew how to make a great time even more fun. He knew when to be careful. He watched each child, helping and protecting.
A dad enriches life for his young ones. He plays with them. They laugh together. He gets to know each one and figures out what each one needs. He encourages them to fly high.