When Sunshine asked me a couple of weeks ago if I’d be interested in looking after her two girls for a day while she worked (it’s their spring break), I immediately said “yes” and began planning the day.
I then hesitated a bit.
Why? Well…a year ago, not only would I have never said “yes” to this question…Sunshine probably would never have asked me to begin with. I just wasn’t strong enough, committed enough, or mature enough to have been able to take on the task.
My…what a difference a year can make.
So Sunshine went to work on Friday morning and the girls and I head back to their place for a little while. We sat back and watched some American Idol (it wasn’t too bad, but I really don’t know if I see any “stars” in the bunch). At this point, it was almost 10am and we were set to head downtown to the Discovery Centre…which I was hoping would be a great place to spend a couple of hours.
Because of spring break, when we arrived at 10:10am there was already a line-up out the front doors. Yeesh.
The girls were awesome, and had been awesome all morning long. We decided to start up top and work our way down from the third floor to the first. Well…I decided to start up top because it wasn’t nearly as busy as the first two floors.
So we did a few things…we ran around a maze…we “discovered” some things…and then before we knew it, it was time for lunch!
I took a LOT of pictures while there. If you’re even slightly interested, you can check out my Flickr set here.
Sunshine ended up getting off work at 1pm, much earlier than we originally anticipated. So shortly after the girls and I left the Discovery Centre, we just drove around a bit until Sunshine was ready…and then we spent the rest of the afternoon together before taking them back to their father’s for supper.
At the end of the day, this was a LOT easier than I thought it was going to be. My initial fears and hesitations went out the window when I realized that it was ME that had to “man-up” and handle things.
It was my first real attempt at being a “father figure” (of sorts, anyway) to the girls…and it went over really well. I guess, at the end of the day, it’s just one more obstacle that Sunshine & I have overcome in our relationship. Well…maybe “obstacle” isn’t the right word. Maybe “challenge”? I dunno…I think you know what I mean.
And when all is said and done, it just further confirms that this family unit of one amazing mother and her two amazing girls can totally blend in with my family unit of one bald-headed dad and his two amazing kids.
Life, my friends, is good.