Saturday, February 24, 2007
When Evan was just a baby, I started bringing him a keychain from each city I visit whenever I travel for business. It seemed like a good idea at the time. He could learn where various cities are located. Also, oftentimes, I try to find a keychain which includes a picture of what that city is famous for. So he could learn, for example, that Iowa is famous for corn. Sometimes I might even get him a couple of keychains from a particular city if I thought he could learn from them. I figured there were lots of lessons behind these keychains and, really, he looks forward to getting them when I come home. In fact, he now has quite a keychain collection. They overflow a box in his room. He has keychains from probably over 100 cities as well as 25 states and probably six or more countries.

But, as he's grown older, I have come to a bad realization. Evan may not look at these keychains later and remember a dad who loved him and wanted to teach him things. He may not remember the care with which I chose each keychain and tried to tell him about it when I came home. He may remember only a dad who had to travel a lot -- a lot more, in fact, than that particular dad would have preferred. But he won't remember my side of the travel. Instead, he will just remember that I wasn't there all the time when he was growing up.

I do not travel nearly as much as I used to but, still, there is no replacing lost seconds, minutes and hours with those I love.

  posted at 9:05 AM  

At 12:56 PM, Blogger HeyJules said...

My father traveled quite a bit when I and my siblings were growing up. Although we hated the time when he was gone, it has never once occurred to me that he wasn't there for me as I grew up.

Not once.

He was there every time I needed him. He was there for the first dance and the learning to drive a car and for the first days of school. He was there at the dinner table after church on Sundays and when he came home from his travels I heard stories about places I never would have heard had he not gone there.

Yes, we'd all love to spend every minute of every day with our loved ones but really - being there is so much more than just physically being present. It's knowing that no matter where that other person is in the world if you both think about each other at the same time, you're together.

'Nuff said...

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Todd M said...

Thank you for the encouragement, Jules. I appreciate it.


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