Vince: Meeting the kids as if for the first time...

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

T. S. Eliot

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Central to my expectation of joy in this PCT experience is the idea that I will have prolonged and distilled time with my children.  They are all unique and they all bounce and bump off of each other (and Monica and I) in marvelous and infuriating ways. Getting to know more of them in this slow, sure, patient pace of day after day, mile after plodding mile is such a rare opportunity.  I don't have to be just a referee for their fights.  I don't have to just fix their behavior, so we can get on to the next thing. This time I have time. This time I have time for all of it. I can sit with them and watch with them.  We can get to heart of the matter, if we have the patience and courage. We can do that work together in ways we've never had the chance before. 

I am sure many thoughtful and proactive parents do this better in the bustle of life. I don't. I am a distracted and distractible couch dad, and so in some way this is very much confessional. I am excited for this time, because it can help me overcome my weaknesses in connecting with my children. 

Along the way, in the midst of all of this videoing and video editing I stumbled across some old videos that I thought did a great job of giving a quick snapshot of some of the "who they are", so I thought I would share a little of them with you...

June jumps from the roof without a second thought. She is courageous and trusting. 

Henry has a magic about him, and he's always had it. He is precocious and a pesterer. 

Georgie has a big voice for a little kid, and she has a bit of the ham about her. 

Aiden and Henry go one on one to see who gets to call themselves Messi till the next time. Aiden really doesn't like to lose. 

Vince Strawbridge