An actual conversation I had last night.

26 Jul

Enough sittin around, kid. Time to train.

In bed before falling asleep after a wonderful, outdoorsy day with Seabass.  Jake journals, Jaime reads a magazine.

Jake: Hey.  Can I share something with you?

Jaime: [putting down magazine] Talk to me.

Jake: Here’s a list of things I want to do with Seabass when he’s older.

Jaime: Aaw, good daddy.

Jake: First, I want to go on a cycling trip to Lake Cachuma and camp for a few nights.  Second, I want to take him to Big Bear for a week to learn how to snowboard.

Jaime: Naturally.

Jake: Third, I want us to go as a family to Mexico and surf together.

Jaime: Yippee!

Jake: I’d also like to teach Seabass how to build a house by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

Jaime: That’s so cool.  What a great list.

Jake: Yeah.  [pause]  How soon do you think we can do all of these things together?

Jaime: Hm.  I’m thinking when he’s like nine or ten years old, minimum.

Jake: Really?  Wait, the snowboarding can happen sooner than that.

Jaime: Oh yeah, you’re right.  He can probably get on a board at five, maybe sooner.

Jake: Huh.  [pensively] I was also thinking we could do the little San Luis Obispo sprint triathlon together.

Jaime: Totally.  That sounds awesome.

Jake: He can do that at a younger age, right?  At like five? Four?

[pause]

What?

Jaime: [Carefully] Um, five seems a little young to swim a half mile, ride a bike seventeen miles and complete a three-mile run.

Jake: [Incredulous] What?!?  He’ll definitely be able to.  We’re doing it.

Jaime: [Smile] He’s lucky to have you as his daddy.

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6 Responses to “An actual conversation I had last night.”

  1. Debbie July 26, 2011 at 8:52 am #

    Jake was on skis by 4, so his brother was on skis by 3. That should work. Bikes take a little more practice for big trips. Mexico? Why not. You’ll be visiting us right? Triathlon? Now that’s a lofty goal. I love the roles of fathers & mothers

  2. Bethany July 26, 2011 at 9:05 am #

    That is awesome!

  3. Kathleen Bradley July 26, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Such a cute photo, poor boy, such innocence. Completely oblivious to what the future holds!

  4. marinasleeps July 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    Awwwww I love thinking of the possibilities with the kids!!

  5. Marta July 27, 2011 at 8:34 am #

    Lol, I got to say those are slightly unrealistic expectations for a five year old, but perhaps Super Seabass has powers normal five year olds don’t.

    What a wonderful list and a great idea!

  6. Anne Keo of Glass Always Half Full July 27, 2011 at 10:07 am #

    I’m laughing so hard. That’s exactly like a conversation with my husband. He’s ready for our son to reel in a 300 pound tuna before he hits Kindergarten.

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