Proud Papa Moment

In truth, I’m a proud papa pretty much all the time, but last week was particularly endearing and noteworthy. My son, Keiran (on the left) and his friend Luke performed Ozzy’s Crazy Train for their 5th grade talent show.

He’s been dragging me to see the annual talent show for the previous 3 years. And we’ve been building his expectations and confidence with weekly guitar lessons for much of the past 2 years.

It was no small battle to get to this point though. Video games make most accomplishments too easy to acquire. Mastering a few buttons and the wave of a remote takes little effort compared to mastering strings and frets, notes and chords. I’m not anti video games by any means. But is it too much to ask to limit screen time to a couple hours each day and make time for 20 minutes of practice and some outdoor play?

From today’s point of view, the best part of the whole deal was being able to remind him while driving home after the show, that the moment of success, the applause from over 100 peers and their parents, the feeling that they nailed it… the afterglow …could only happen because he stuck with the lessons and made time to practice.

In another few years I’ll ask him what video games he was playing during the spring of his 5th grade year. Then I’ll ask him about the talent show.

Knowing him he’ll shake his head, roll his eyes and say, “yeah dad, I get it.”

December Birthday

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My son, Keiran, is a December baby. In the past this usually meant pool party at the Rec Center. But now that he’s a ‘tweener’ it’s a little more challenging, and December’s flukey weather doesn’t make it any easier.

It also means that there aren’t too many birthday party years remaining, but one dilemma at a time thank you very much.

Luckily Durango is home to a little-known, privately owned, indoor sports field, The Stillwater Foundation. While it can be challenging to make the necessary arrangements, the end result was 2 hours of super fun indoor soccer for 11 kids on his 11th birthday.

My camera (Sony SLT-a33) has a built-in panoramic auto-stitch feature that works really well, unless there’s a lot of movement. But in this case I really like the effect.