Life has been incredibly busy, good, but busy. Adrienne finally got her new office open and I am in the throes of a career change. Fortunately for all of those on Larkbunting Drive, things seem to be lightening up a bit. Frankly, as much as I love writing on this platform, time always seems to get in the way. Imagine a writer saying that time, not material, is the issue. Writing tends to involve an idealist, a desk and a blank stare for hours on end. I have ideas but lack the hours. It’s a lovely curse.
Anyway, things are lightening up. Soccer has wound to a close and it was truly a fun season. I have watched my eldest budding into a soccer star, Avery, go from daisy picker to soccer stand out in just a couple of years. Macy, my middle kid, made a more competitive team and spent her year trying to get a foot hold on increased expectations. She has gone from being able to “out physical” other kids to having to use her grey matter during the game. So far, it’s been a bit of a conundrum for her. Darby, my youngest and least accomplished soccer player seemed to grasp she was actually on a soccer field this year. A true departure from previous seasons. This season saw practice or games six days a week, unless there was a tournament, of course, which made for seven days a week. But things are lightening up.
My wife, Adrienne, has bitten off more than most could chew. She is opening a real estate office in Loveland as well as starting her own team simultaneously. It’s the career equivalent of soccer seven days a week. She goes to work before the girls go to school and gets home long after it gets dark. It has taken a toll on her, on the kids, and a husband who is ill prepared for being the “go-to parent” for any extended period of time. She has finally got the office opened. It is far from complete, but at least she has the keys to the building. Her team is up and running as well. She is living one of her dreams, providing much to her family and it looks like all of it is taking shape. Things are lightening up.
Myself, I am changing careers. I decided to take six months’ worth of classes in three months. A decision that displays a healthy mix of arrogance and stupidity. It was incredibly difficult but I believe it was what was best for my family. Becoming a real estate appraiser isn’t the most glamorous thing in the world, but it provides the flexibility I want and provides a little more by way of upside than my former gig. The classes were stressful and the finals were awful, but they are over now. Things are lightening up.
Over the coming months the girls will have choir, piano lessons, soccer camps, mommy will continue to expand her office and her team practically guaranteeing long hours. I will start my hands-on appraisal training and who know what that will entail. We can’t forget that Thanksgiving is right around the corner, as is Christmas and what should be plenty of friends and family. Things are lightening up, or at least I have to keep telling myself that.
Truth be told, girls, things aren’t really lightening up. Not really, but they are changing. Here’s the important part; things are changing for the better. You ladies are busy because you are doing things that are helping you grow, both physically and mentally. Mommy is busy as all get-out but her ‘busy’ is laced with personal growth and satisfaction as well as doing great things for her family. I am busy and about to get a lot busier. I have a feeling, however, that this ‘busy’ will help free daddy up in the future for our continued adventures. Being busy isn’t a bad thing, girls, but it does mean that we need your help. Feed the pets, do your homework without being asked and for God’s sake, pick up your dirty undies. No dad should have to do that.