That Moment

June 29, 2016 by Bill Ivey

It's funny how empty a house can suddenly get, isn't it? - Steve Martin, from “Father of the Bride”

As Steve Martin and Diane Keaton start dancing and the end credits for “Father of the Bride” roll, I look over at my son Kian, now three. “What do you want to do now?” I ask, already knowing the answer. Soon, we are gathering a collection of stuffed animals and rubber snakes, preparing for a wedding. Sometimes, I am in the wedding party along with him, other times I am asked to focus solely on moving the animals about at their appointed times and delivering the lines of the script that seems to lengthen slightly every day. Whatever else we might do - go down to the stream at the back of our property, read, get lunch, sit out in the front yard and watch trains go by, walk around the neighbourhood, go on play dates with Kian’s friends or cousins, and so on - this is part of our daily ritual.

It never grows old.

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