Sunday, January 28, 2007

Together

This is incredible.

3 comments:

Parkylondon said...

Oh mate. That was wonderful. Thanks.

bpende said...

Awesome. Paul, warn me next time... It's late, I'm tired, and you give me a reason to tear up about my relationship with my sons, and my lack of relationship with my dad.

Ta very much mate.

podcastpaul said...

Thanks Guys,

This cliop was shown at church Sunday 28th January, it really inspired me.

Brad, I'm forever chastisng myself about not spending more time with my kids - I think it's a natural reaction from us all to be honest. I certainly do not claim to be an expert with kids, and very often I feel a complete failure as a dad.

I had a terrible relationship with my dad when I was younger, he was never really there - always out, tied up with work, other people. Now, I'm pleased to say, we're great mates.

Paul P who has posted on here lost his dad last year, that really got me thinking - if mum and dad were here no more, what regrets would I have? I wouldn't pre-suppose to know anything really, but I do know that time is precious and slips away so quickly.

Very often I've learnt that people are slow to make the first move - or too embarassed, or concerned - but we can always take the plunge first.

When the weather is a little warmer, I aim to take my caravan out for a few nights with each of my lads individually so I can get to spend some time with them. I've asked my dad if he'd like to come too.

Once a year I attend a 'dads and lads' weekend away in the country, a beautiful spot in Wales where I take my lads away (apart from the eldest now as he's working). We just do... boys things; cricket, football, cinema, climbing, midnight walks etc. A group of 50 of us go, and we have a fantastic time. It's those moments away from home where the kids talk to you about things, and you see a different side to them.

Anyway, enough of my rambling!