The other day I was thinking back to how I used to think about life, back in the old days when I was much younger, and without children in tow everywhere I went. You might say back when I was blissfully ignorant of the realities of being a father.
As an example, I used to think that minivans were stupid. I suppose I still do, but wow are they convenient. So convenient because a van can easily be loaded with everything you own. Including kids.
Admittedly, driving a “mini-van” is more similar to steering the Queen Mary than it is to the experience of driving the little sporty car I used to drive. Parking a mini-van is like trying to find free moorage for a 70 foot yacht near Granville Island. Yea, I used to think they were stupid. Now there is one parked in our driveway. And it isn’t the neighbour’s.
Another example of things I used to think were stupid – loading bicycles into or onto a mini-van and driving somewhere to go for a bike ride.
I used to condescendingly think or say, “why don’t they just ride the bikes instead of taking them for a drive?”
Now I am one those people who load the family-thruster up with bikes and drive to faraway destinations so that we can ride.
Similar to taking bikes for a drive was the idea of driving somewhere to take kids to a playground. Honestly, virtually every playground is an identical orgasm of primary colours with a slide, a bunch of climbing stuff and swings.
Why do I have to drive to one of these primary colour parks when there are THREE of them within walking distance of my house?
I used to think that was stupid. Now I am one of those who will drive to a distant park. Why? Because it is easier than battling with the twin mini versions of myself.
There are many more things I used to think were stupid but will now routinely embrace in the name of family peace. Any thing you want to add to this list?