It is an exciting time for me now that Isaac is almost five years old. The last few months have been especially busy. We have had so much to organize for Isaac including his schooling which has been an absolute nightmare. I have been reading a lot about choosing a school. Who knew it would be so tough to find a great school to send your kid to. We did find a great school though and I think he will really enjoy his time there.
Before he begins his schooling I wanted to do something special with him. It has been a while since we both bonded as father and son. I mean, we do get a lot of time together, but with family coming and going as they always have it is difficult to find some quality bonding time. That is when my wife suggested that we take a trip over to my brothers up north for the weekend.
My brother lives up in Montana and is lucky enough to own land of several acres. He takes advantage of this by owning some of the coolest toys that you could buy. I love taking the quad bike for a ride whenever I go there and do not find a chance any other time. But with land comes a lot of work. This often stops me from visiting because whenever I go, there is always something to do!
So it was decided that Isaac and I would spend a long weekend with my brother. It was great to see Isaac so excited about something so simple, and it is hard not to get excited yourself. A kids enthusiasm is contagious! I also did some reading on other things to do in Montana.
We left early Friday morning to take advantage of the time we had together. We stopped over at a roadhouse to get a quick breakfast and then made our way for the next three hours. I can see what people mean when they say kids are annoying to drive with. Maybe time just feels differently to kids, but I don’t see how asking “are we there yet” every five minutes could make the trip any quicker!
When we did get there it was excellent to see George. He has two sons of his own and it had been a while since Isaac had seen them, so it was interesting to see how he interacts with children differently now.
As I predicted, as soon as we got there we were told how much work there was to be done. The whole area needed clearing as George was putting in a new fence. I was shocked by how much had been done since last time though. He did not seem to remember how it looked. Sometimes it is difficult to know exactly what things looked like before when you have been involved in the entire process.
I still wanted to spend some quality time with Isaac. Isaac had never ridden (or even seen) a quad bike in his life so you can imagine the surprise on his face when he saw it. It was like one of his toys coming to life, and he thought it was like magic the way it moved.
I was a bit worried about having him so young on the quad but my worries were unfounded (as they often are). It was very safe as we only went at a low speed and on flat ground. I even got to the point where I was confident enough to let him take control of the quad bike.
That night George’s wife cooked a beautiful dinner and we all ate it outside under the stars around a fire. It was pretty cold but the warm fire and dinner made it feel perfect. It reminded me of times when I was a young, and I realized that I need to see George more often.
The next day was all work. It was great to see Isaac working hard and he was enthusiastic towards everything. I hope that attitude sticks especially when he gets to school. He is a lot more confident than I was at his age and I hope that serves him well at school.
We left George on Sunday morning and stopped back at the same roadhouse on the way back. The same lady served us and it was quite funny to update her about where we had been. Isaac did most of the talking and was so excited to tell her all about the quad bike and how he drove it himself. At the risk of being seen as a bad parent I quickly said that he did not ride it by himself.
When we got home I heard the same story told to him Mom in almost exactly the same words. I was pretty exhausted. Being alert driving the whole time and taking care of a child definitely wares you out, but it, and it was a wonderful way to bond with Isaac and catch up with my brother again.