Ok, this one is an obvious one. I mean, tomorrow is the 4th of July. There is just something about getting to do holidays with a kiddo so much better though. It’s like getting to be a kid all over again.
Two years ago my stepdad was diagnosed with throat cancer. We were not close when I was growing up. In fact, to be honest, I’m not sure we actually liked each other very much. When he was diagnosed with cancer, my perspectives changed. I suddenly saw him as a person instead of a step parent. I had empathy for what he was going for as a human being.
My parents moved in with me while he went through 8 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation. It was a rough road. It’s one that he has come out the other side of cancer free (a year now). It also changed our relationship and has created a strong bond with my parents. I think in the long run we all appreciate each other a lot more.
This year I am taking them to the lake for the holiday weekend. They have not taken a vacation in years and haven’t really done anything for them. My step dad is just now getting his strength back. We were too poor growing up to afford family vacations so we never really go to experience that together. I figured this would be a nice celebratory weekend for us all. I have lots of little adventures planned for us!
We started tonight off with lots of fireworks for the kiddo to shoot off. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more, my stepdad or my kiddo. I”m just glad neither of them blew anything up (including themselves).