Okay, first things first. I am an honest man so I have to admit as I write this I am 49, but in just a few short months, in May, I will be 50. Some may break out in a cold sweat at the thought that life is half over. Some may deny their age. And some may just resign to life and let it push them the rest of the way to the grave.
LIFE AFTER CHILDREN
This is the age of the intentional life. A wide range of everything is readily available and there is a cultural expectation that you will attend to everything every minute. 24/7 you can watch TV, be on facebook, work yourself to the bone, answer email, attend social events, etc., etc. We are now trying to drink life out of a fire hose… and we are drowning ourselves and each other. Sex ... who has time??
Today I Choose to sit quietly in the sun and watch copper winged dragonflies I Choose to be still and listen I Choose to be open to whatever presents itself I Choose to be kind and refrain from judgement of others I Choose to drink copious amounts of tea I Choose to purge my thoughts and feelings and writewritewrite until there is nothing left inside to come out
By Chief Writer for Veterans United Network, Levi Newman, for GalTime.com new dads and work People talk a lot about how working moms are affected by having children, but I rarely hear the conversation turn toward how working dads’ lives are changed. My life was dramatically altered when my wife and I started having kids, and I don’t think I’m alone in that.
This morning while enjoying my coffee outside, as I do all summer, I noticed the absence of the birds. Oh I saw one or two fly by, but the majority of the birds that I had watched all summer had essentially vanished. “This is still summer!” I thought. I recalled the mother robin that each morning collected worms for her babies. And the killdeer who squawked endlessly to let us know we were too near her young ones, as they scurried across the yard and horse pasture.
Who says it's not possible to have a life after a newborn? Just because jumping into bed with the lust-driven passion of a new couple may not be possible after the kids are born, it doesn't mean you still can't have a night out at the movies. And hey, why not take the baby? A father relays his thoughts on his life and relationships after a night at the movies.