On Friday we had fun on the beach, sand between our toes and just enough ocean breeze to keep us cool. We put away our devices (except to take the odd snap) and we played bare foot in the shallow waters.
As much as I try to make the most of the time little man and I have together with the teen it's becoming harder. There is of course school, then there's homework, cheer leading, dads days, friends days and the dreaded gadgets. I have to admit I'm as guilty as her most of the time when it comes to our gadgets but I'm trying harder to be better, to be present, to wait until night when there is nobody up to pay attention to.
This evening, only two days later, I realised that as great as our day at the beach was I'm struggling to keep hold of my Princess. As much as I want her to experience life for herself I would hate for her to go off the rails. People are quick to comfort me and say, "Gail, you do a great job with them, they will always remember what you taught them." However I know that remembering and doing are two different things.
My wish right now is that my princess remains present and honest. I wish we could be on the beach every day.