Today I started on a one week trip up to Massachusetts to attend a conference and visit with my parents. Last year, I took my youngest child with me on this same trip. This year, I am traveling with my middle child.
I really enjoy spending time with my son Josh, though I know that I have ended up spending less time with him, especially one-on-one, than with his older brother, whose sport has sent us on many a weekend trip to far-flung locations. That means I sometimes have to make a more conscious effort to create opportunities for us to spend some time together. Last summer, Josh and I went on a weekend fishing trip together to Savannah, and we both had a blast. And so far, Day One of our week-long New England adventure has been equally fun.
One of the things I appreciate most about Josh is his sense of humor–and more generally, the fullness of his enjoyment in just about everything he does. I laugh a lot with Josh. He loves telling stories, and he loves to make people smile. Joy comes naturally to him–and he loves to share it.
Today was an easy “experiment in living simply.” I laughed with my son.
And what a joy it was to hear him laugh.