Father’s Day

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Watching my son with his daughter is amazing.

When boys are young you are with them daily and know everything about them. As they get older you want them to be independent but you lose that daily connection. They go to college, move away from home to live in dorm rooms and apartments, and the connection is more distant. You see them, speak on the phone, they come for family occasions, check in with you regularly. All this is how it should be, there is still a strong connection but everyone goes on with their lives.

Then they meet that special woman and there is another shift in the mother/son relationship. In my case, I’m blessed with two amazing daughters-in-law with whom my sons have started a new life. Their mother is still an important part of their life but they have their own family.

Next comes the announcement of a baby. I really had no idea how much I would love my first grandchild and I’m fortunate to see her often. This past weekend, Father’s Day weekend, I watched my son with his daughter (now two and a half). Of course, he’s very protective of her but also wants her to try new things, become independent, grow. As we descended a slope at a park she took his hand and I watched them together and remembered holding his hand when he was that age. Full circle.

About

I'm in my sixties with the world at my feet and thoughts mostly of "where to next?". I retired in 2017, sold my house in Massachusetts and most of my furniture and "stuff." When not traveling you can find me in Florida in the winter and Rhode Island in the summer. Travel has been a passion from a young age, over the years I've discovered I'm a traveler, not a tourist. I prefer traveling solo, with a travel friend, or small groups. Whenever possible I would rather spend time in one place rather than moving around. I'll never turn down an opportunity to go to France, but my travels have taken me all over the world. I've met some incredible people and had some fantastic experiences.

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