I just experienced a family first this past weekend, the first time my family has done this particular thing.
When a family is young, there are a lot of firsts that happen … and they happen all the time. Everything is like a first time.
I remember the first time we went to the store as a family.
… About a week earlier, Lily and I had decided to go shopping. It was May, so I grabbed the keys, we hopped in the car and, in no time, were walking around West Edmonton Mall.
Well, to be fair, I walked and Lily waddled.
A week later, with our first-born Karlie with us, our quick decision to go shopping was not so quick.
I was ready to grab the keys and go, but Karlie needed to be fed. That took a little time.
Then she needed to be changed … and then she really needed a nap.
By the time we were ready to go shopping, I didn’t want to go any more. I was tired and needed a nap, and all I did was watch all this happen around me!
It seems like first times are a regular occurrence when you are starting out.
But when you’ve been married 32 years, your kids are in their mid to late 20’s, there’s not many firsts to experience any more.
We’ve done them all.
But every once in a while something new happens – like this past weekend.
Mike had won two tickets to a Toronto Raptors’ game (you can read about that here), and was taking me to the game.
Lily got the idea that she would come to Toronto with me so she could meet up with our daughter, Karlie, for some dinner and shopping downtown.
It was a great plan, but then it got even better. Mike suggested that Lily and I stay overnight at his apartment in Burlington.
But with the four of us together in the general vicinity, it seemed like a great plan for all of us to spend the night at Mike’s.
So that’s what we did.
Lily and I picked up Karlie on our way downtown, and then Lily and Karlie dropped me off to meet Mike.
After the game we all met up and drove out to Burlington. And for the first time ever we stayed as a family at one of the kids’ homes.
Now though this was a first, I’m not calling it an official first for one major reason: the youngest got to sleep in his bedroom on his bed, but the rest of us had to rough it in the living room. Lily and I were on a blow-up mattress, and Karlie got the couch.
I’m reserving the official first time we all sleep at one of the kids’ homes for when we all get beds and a bedroom!
But this was a very good warm-up to that.
We had a great time doing breakfast together the next morning and hanging out. The only downside: someone has to figure out how to get warm air into the blow-up mattress.
… The mattress experience left Lily and I a little chilled.
Here’s the thing: If you ever get to the place where your relationship with God seems like it’s in a rut, like there is nothing new, like it’s the same old routine, same old prayers, then go for a first. Change things up in the way you meet with Him, or where, or how. Change how you converse with Him; add something new to your relationship. You may just need another first.
Question: What is a new first you could explore? Leave your comments below.