Monday, May 30, 2011
Like nearly all dads out there, from the day Lukas was born there has been a whole list of things I've wanted to do with him, or see him accomplish.
Of course, when he was first born he was merely a squishy little blob who would cry and poop, then turn around and cry some more and poop lots more. Obviously it would be a while before I could take him on our first hike together, or play my first video game with him.
Thankfully, as Lukas has gotten older, I have been able to cross off several experiences from this mental list, including taking him on his first independent hike and playing our first video games, as well as seeing him ride a bike for the first time, and just last week doing our very first ocean boogie boarding together, which was an absolute blast.
But as time has passed and items kept getting crossed off, new one have also been added. Recently, though unofficial, I have taken to calling this list my Dad Bucket List.
Now, I have been contemplating making this an actual working list, rather than just ideas bouncing around in my head. But what to add? And just how far into the future should I look? Obviously this idea is still in it's early stages of development but depending on how much actual thought I put into it, it could serve as a springboard to many wonderful shared experiences between Lukas and myself.
Or, it could just end up being another exercise that gets partially completed. I would hope not though as I think this idea does have potential.
But now the hard part. What to actually put on a Dad Bucket List? Perhaps I'll just start with 15 things off the top of my head that I still look forward to experiencing with Lukas for the first time as a dad. I know that as soon as I hit 'Publish' there will be several more that bounce to the front of my mind, but sure enough, I'll add and refine them.
So, off the top of my head, here are my first 15:
1. Watching the original Star Wars movie.
2. Witnessing his first organized sporting competition
3. Building and launching first model rocket.
4. Overnight backpacking trip.
5. Attending a Star Gazing Party.
6. Having him read me a story.
7. Coaching one of his teams.
8. Riding a large wooden roller coaster.
9. Reading the Harry Potter Books with him (I haven't yet read them).
10. Taking an Ocean Kayaking trip.
11. Trip to the batting cages
12. Watching a Movie at a Theatre
13. Getting a Major League Autograph.
14. Sailing outing together
15. Catching his first Fish
I'll admit I struggled a bit on how to word these, but basically they are just things I want to either experience with Lukas, or be there to witness first hand as a dad.
So tell me readers, so you like the idea of a Dad Bucket List? And if so what's on your Dad, or Mom, Bucket List?
Posted by James (SeattleDad) at 10:43 AM