We have a family ritual that we do at dinner. Mommy thought it up. After we sit down and start to eat she will go around the table and ask each person “What was your BEST thing that happened today?” Its kinda a way to get the kids engaged during dinner as well as have them stick around a little bit longer.
Well on Thursday night when she got to me. I told everyone, “I called the cancer doctor today and he said it is OK for me to start holding you kids again and let them sit on my lap; that the radiation in my belly should have subsided enough to where I am no longer harmful to them.”
Well smiles lit up all around the table.
He also told me I should be OK to start running again. And so we can start rebuilding some of the family dreams that have been put on hold these past few months.
To be clear, this has nothing to do with my body ridding itself of the cancer cells. But a little family bonding should do this ol’ body and spirit some good.
I told the girls it was OK to sit on my lap again for an extended period of time. What my girls actually heard was, “Its OK to jump up and down on daddy’s belly again and maybe get back to a little wrestling.”
That’s OK. I’ve been waiting for this! And so have they! Funny thing, few things in this family bring on such uncontrollable laughter as jumping on and diving at Daddy, with little care or regard about his welfare. See for yourself…
Nothing like having a 45lb girl drop to her knees on your belly! It was OK. The girls really enjoy this and so do I. I may make wrestlers out of them yet. And the boys better beware!
One other fun thing that happened that night was Dylan found her lost key to her Rapunzel book of secrets. She got this book about a year ago from one of her awesome grandmothers.
Its a kinda diary for kids and asks you to write down favorite things and such. It also has several listings of Rapunzel’s favorite things, as well as some fun facts. Flynn Rider has similar listings in the book.
So one thing led to another and we started doing our Rapunzel and Flynn Rider impersonations, based on pictures in the book.
Dylan would stand there and model like the picture of Rapunzel, right down to the hands and expression.
And then I worked on ‘the smoulder’.
“Hey, how ya doin’?”
But every time I did this ‘smouldering impersonation’ Dylan would whack me in the nose! After the second time I stopped her and said “Why did you do that?”
Dylan replies, “Well that’s what Rapunzel does in the movie.” ….she was still playing her part of Rapunzel it appears.
Now, any of you out there that have seen this movie (my personal favorite Disney Princess movie) remember this seen? I kinda remembered the scene. It goes like this….
Now do you think she was yanking my chain or not? This is Dylan we are talking about and the unflappable memory of hers. Do you think she actually remembered it that way or she just enjoyed booping Daddy in the nose, burning out her left over violence from the belly jumping episodes earlier?
Regardless, she genuinely enjoyed my impersonations so much I just kept doing them. She laughed so hard each time.
Mom walked by and Dylan made me do ‘the smoulder’ for her. No, she didn’t whack me in the nose like Dylan had; thank goodness! She didn’t seem to get the thrill out of it like Dylan had each time either.
I dunno. I can do some good impersonations sometimes. What do you think…
OK, I am little embarrassed now that you actually saw that. Please don’t hate. I do a much better ‘Rainman’ and Bogart impersonation.
On the way to school the next morning Dylan asked to see my smoulder a few more times. And that put her in a good mood as she laughed half the way to Kindergarten.
We pulled into the lot to park and as we got Dylan says, “Daddy I think you should do that Flynn Rider thing for my teacher in school!”
I will have no humility left when this girl is done with me!
One final note, I received this video in my Inbox from Youtube this week. I think its a pretty snazzy vid on the whole Movember movement.
Are any of you still participating in this cause by boycotting your razors? Guys? Girls?
Again, think of some of the fun conversations you can have at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Not your usual holiday discussions.
Plus, you are raising some great awareness for the trendy Prostate Cancer! My cancer might have just been ‘stoomped out’ on Thursday!
Thanks to everyone for helping this awareness out!
Oh, and all the Kindergarten teachers loved the impersonation. It went better than I thought it would. 😉