Gone, Daddy, gone

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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5 Responses

  1. Dr. Chako says:

    I hear you.

    I’m facing the real possibility that I’ll only see my wife and kids for two or three days a week as we transition down to California. That might go on for the next 6-8 months as I await my California license. Being apart sucks, but it sure makes it extra special when you get back together.

    I’ve been stealing those sleep kisses for a while, and I know it’s completely selfish. Got no problem with it.

    -DrC

  2. BloodyP says:

    Again, great post.

    My 6 year old and I have had a similar experience since I was laid off.

    Tonight at T-ball he cranked a great hit and stopped a grounder and threw it to the right base without even thinking.

    Pride.

    Those bonds will last forever, man. Don’t worry.

  3. Drizztdj says:

    “Daddy are you writing about poker?”

    “Yes”

    “Ok, can you tuck me in later?”

    Amazes me that my son almost understands better than my wife.

  4. Da Goddess says:

    That just put a lump in my throat like you wouldn’t believe. It’s been almost five years of me being out of work with my back injury. In that time, my son and I (and to some extent, my daughter and I) have become incredibly close as friends. I’m still his mom and still have to parent, but damn if this time hasn’t changed how we interact. Sure, some of it is because he’s older, but part of me knows that this is when he’s supposed to drift away and become a sullen tween. It hasn’t happened like that. Instead, we do even more together now than we have in the past. We have more fun. We talk. We laugh. How the hell am I going to maintain this when I finally have to go back to work? What happens then?

    You still have lots of time for your son to worship you. Take advantage of every moment you have and revel in it. And steal as many kisses and hugs as you can along the way.

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