Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Hangin' With My Crew

My wife and I don’t get out much, at least not with other forty-somethings. We have friends, but we just can’t seem to find enough time to be social. We do run with a crew, though, and we like them. When our kids were born, we said that we would like our house to be the one our kids’ friends like to visit. That goal has been attained. Much to our delight, almost every weekend our house is filled with girls. Some subset of the crew you see here, with the occasional wild-card entry, is always around.
I’ve told a lot of people that my house looks like a Miss America pageant every weekend. There’s no question that this is an attractive group of young ladies. The thing is, they’re as sweet and nice as they are pretty. While many girls their age show a wild streak, these girls seem to be well-grounded. They’re not out partying a lot. I know this for a fact, because they’re always at the house. I also know where they are most of the time because we’re the ones hauling them around town.
There are many benefits to having girls around. They cook, for one thing. And I like to eat. I think they torture my son, though. They are girls, after all, and they have a tendency to be a little loud. I don’t think his girlfriend is really excited about having these people around all the time, either. They’re part of the landscape, though. The truth is, on the rare weekend when they camp at somebody else’s house, I miss them. They are very nice to me and have me wrapped around their cute little fingers.
They all are freshmen in high school, and I have to come to grips with the thought that they could turn on me. They are adolescents, after all, and chances are there will be hurt feelings and broken friendships. More than likely, a boy will be involved somewhere along the way. Allow me to dream. I hope to watch these girls grow together into womanhood. I want to become overly emotional when they leave for college. I want big Christmas reunions. I want them to bring their kids to the house one day in the distant future.
I love these girls and I’m proud of them. They can hang around at my house any time.

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Unknown said...

At first I thought the 40 year olds you were hanging out with were just aging better then the ones I'm around...

Awesome Daddy D! There's nothing like having young folks around. I only have one daughter. She's 19 and most of the time we like to be around each other.

Keep blogging!

Anonymous said...

Haha. I like the girls! They seem like a lot of fun.