Last week I took my son deep-sea fishing in Florida, off Marco Island. It’s something I’d been promising for a long time. You see, he’s just turned 14 and will enter Hamilton Southeastern High School this Fall. Nick is a wonderful son, turning into a strapping young man. We have a great relationship already. These next few months of extended time together will be all about building shared memories … the relational glue for the high school years.
I learned this from my dad who took me on the fishing trip of a lifetime when I was 13. Just me and him. Looking back, I see how critical the memories we created on that trip were foundational for our relationship during my teenage years. It was a special time, something I will always look back on with great fondness.
On the flight home, we talked about everything. No iPods, no magazines or books. No PSP or laptop. Just two hours or solid conversation. As we landed, Nick said, “Dad, we should hang out together more often. This is great that we can talk like this.”
Imagine the relational foundation that’s going to be in place to build on during the next 4 years. It’s worth everything to me.