My sense of direction has not always been the best, and I am thrilled to witness that our daughters take after their mother as they grow up. “You missed the turn back there, Dad!” Kids! What a constant source of wonder.
Back when we were in Miami, I remember taking Lyianna as a small toddler to PetSmart to look at the animals there. Due to the infamous congested traffic of South Miami, a trip to a Target for diapers would be at least a 45 minute affair.
I would joke to Lyianna that I was “taking her to the aquarium” as we took our time in the nicely air conditioned store. I was a Resident at the time, and my time off was far and few in between.
Lyianna’s eyes would light up as we looked at the Beta Fish and then clown fish, “Nemo, Daddy!” A simple trip to the pet store was such a treat to her. “We will certainly do more together when I finally have a better schedule,” I remember reassuring myself.
Fast forward a few years, and now we are a family of four and living clear across the world. Our youngest daughter Camrielle now adores the sequel of Finding Nemo. When Danica and I found out that Okinawa had one of the largest aquariums in the world, I knew we had to go check it out.
We surprised the girls with a ‘Finding Nemo and Dory’ adventure to Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium. It was amazing! The facilities were very grand, orderly, and majestic. We felt like tourists as everything was announced in Japanese.
As a gigantic whale shark glided past the glass displays, Lyianna commented “They’re fish here seem happier, don’t they Daddy?” And Camrielle had that wide-eyed look of glee on her face as a shark swam above us through a clear tunnel.
I have to remind myself that life’s moments are constantly happening now, in the present. With Danica, I am trying to plant seeds with our daughters so that they won’t lose their sense of wonder…. and also to always be able to find their way home.
Point your kids in the right direction—
when they’re old they won’t be lost.
Proverbs 22:6, The Message