Last Friday we celebrated my dad’s 65th birthday early since we’ll be enjoying ourselves at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel with Mom It Forward on his actual birthday. It was a simple dinner, but afterwards we went to an empty lot nearby and played a few rounds of pick-up baseball. Kids ranging from 2-65 all cheering each other on as we rounded bases. Encouraging each other when we swung and missed. Letting the little ones steal bases from time to time.
Last week we went bowling on a chilly day. They put the bumpers up and we made a rather lame attempt at knocking down those pins. But the kids cheered on their siblings every frame. We all wished for the ball to swerve to make the split. We jumped up and down for every spare and strike. We celebrated every. single. success and patted backs for every disappointing attempt.
Last year at Family Forward our family participated in a “minute to win it” type challenge. It was teamwork on steroids as we raced the clock and other families to win. Where one of us was weak, another stepped in and filled in the gap. We encouraged each others’ strengths and didn’t let anyone get down on their weaknesses. And we celebrated our victory together.
To some, a super hero saves the day because they have super powers. To me, we need superheros because we need to know someone always has our back. We all need to know that there is a safe place that is only a call away. That is what we try to instill in our kids. Our family isn’t perfect. We CERTAINLY don’t always get along. But when push comes to shove, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we’ll be there for each other.