The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
The older I get the more I agree with George Bernard Shaw. I think he was probably married for a while before he came up with that gem right there.
I’m entering 15 years of both marital bliss and parenting and I find myself more and more certain that I’m the problem.
You see, I have a gift with words; and, alas, my gift is also my curse.
This blog isn’t gonna’ be long & drawn out. I simply wanted to get this out there:
I’m going to make an effort to listen more.
To ask questions.
To not presume that I know how the sentences of my wife & kids’ will end even if I’m probably right.
I’ve developed a nasty habit of leaning into my words to win the argument when it was only supposed to only be a conversation.
Being a husband and a daddy is a messy business…it’s also my primary business.
I stopped to listen to my son as he was shuffling off to bed tonight. His eyes met mine & I asked him what he was thinking. He asked me if all of the family could read for 30 minutes. While this may sound sorta silly & inconsequential to you I assure you it was the most sacred 30 minutes of the day.
I didn’t rush him off to bed.
I didn’t put him off with a, “Maybe tomorrow, buddy.”
Our family read; and so it begins.
Here we Grow again!
This video made me LOL. Statistically, more guys think this video is hilarious than women. View accordingly.