It’s with great sadness that I begin this weeks ‘Drivel’ with an update on the YouTube video I mentioned in my column last week. It was the video called “Farmers from Southern Saskatchewan” filmed by a cyclist from Ottawa traveling to Vancouver who ran into some locals on Highway 36 around Crane Valley.
I thought the video was quite hilarious and it did reach almost 6,000 views. But, I guess it must have offended somebody or something, not quite sure. The language in the video was just a tad foul, but anyways, it has been removed from YouTube as it violated their Terms of Service. Really, who ever reads the Terms of Service anyway? Oh well, there goes my dream of the video going viral.
I wish I had invented Febreeze. And those little plastic lid supports for pizza boxes. Dare to dream of how life would be different if I had done that.
Well, my baby girl turned 12 years old yesterday, March 18. Apparently, 12 is the new 16, at least that’s what it seems like. I sometimes wish I could go back in time and get my little girl back.
Back to when we would cuddle on the couch watching Dora and she would occasionally fall asleep laying on me.
Back to when I pushed her on the swing until I was tired, but she always wanted to go for a few more minutes.
Back to when I had to run her bath, make sure it wasn’t too hot, fill it with tons of toys and just sit there and play.
Back to when she would pull all the pots and pans out from the cupboards, or open the drawer at the bottom of the oven and sit in there and play with the cookie sheets and was happy as could be.
(Don’t worry, the oven was off)
Back to when I had to kiss all her “boo-boos” better.
Back to when farting was funny.
Back to when we’d make up secret handshakes that took us forever to get just right.
Back to when she found my dancing, goofing around and jokes hilarious. Now, for the most part, I just get that look that says, “Dad, really?”
Sorry, not trying to get all sentimental, but yeah, I miss all that.
Nowadays, all I have to do is make sure there’s food in the fridge and her cell phone is paid up, and she seems quite content with that.
I must not be as cool to hang out with anymore. Most of her time is hanging out with her friends or in her room texting or Skyping with them.
I suppose it was bound to happen, where she needs more privacy, develops her independence and more responsibility. Maybe I’m just not as prepared for it as I thought.
I know it’s cliche to say kids grow up too fast, but it is so true. I guess that’s why it’s so important to try and cherish all the moments a parent can as we grow and learn through the different stages of their life.
An example of Kay-lyn getting older is her birthday party and how that has changed over the years.
Gone are the big birthday parties she used to have. This year, it was small gathering and then she had a girls night in Regina at the Hedley concert.
Yes, she is growing up, but I need to remember that no matter what, she will always be Daddy’s little girl!