Before your child was born did you have a mental list of the many things you would like to do with them?
The only thing I had in my mind before his birth was that I wanted him to have what I term a proper childhood. One filled with happy memories of times spent doing the simplest things as a family be it jumping in puddles to camping in the garden.
With his birth came the realisation that in order to achieve this rich and varied family life I would need to learn some new skills myself. Hark - a challenge no less! What would our son be interested in? I don't know everything about everything and I never trust those that believe they do. There are many a thing I cannot do - the list is endless. There is the riding a bike (I did do once but I rode into a lady on that first attempt. She promptly tore me down verbally and so I haven't been on one since!), chess, all manner of sport related things and that is just for starters.
I am wanting to be able to participate and support Munch to the point where I am quite willing to do whatever it takes. I, personally, may not have an ounce of interest in something but I am willing to learn with him. Given time I may even enjoy the things I am not keen on right now.
Maybe you read this and think I am being unrealistic. I know there will be things that I just cannot grasp - the thought of encouraging him to be creative scares the bejeezus out of me. Neither Sprout nor I are creative types you see. That hasn't stopped me from pinning all things creative on Pinterest for future use though!
I am all for trying our utmost to forge great memories in the hope that we leave our son with the knowledge that we gave him time - our time. Of all the moments in my life where I need to remember the phrase "I can and I will" it is now and, in my mind, always.