IMG_8623My kids and I have been hiking lately. What began as a need to get out of the house uncovered the fact that my kids love being outside, hiking and climbing. And on our walk today, I discovered that when you open doors, kids will quickly run in.

My son is 4. Four-and-a-half, as he likes to say. And he’s gotten off to a bit of a slow start expressing himself, as his 7 year old sister does all the talking. For both of them. And me. And everyone. Everywhere.

Today he began having some trouble with the $8 hiking boots I bought him that he absolutely loves, and asked me to retie them on the shore of our local lake, on a beautiful fall day. I knelt to help him, and as I did, he looked me in the eye and said,

“Daddy, you’re a good person.”

I stared at him, startled at his emotion and candor, and said,

“Thank you buddy. Why did you say that to me?”

and he simply replied,

“Because I like you.”

I am convinced. And I know some days it’s hard. But 90% of parenting is just turning off the TV, and opening new doors. And if someone told me yesterday that I would love my kids even more today than I did yesterday, I don’t know if I would’ve believed them.

But it happened.

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