What Kids Will Do

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My incredible children surprise me almost every day with things they do. Some are sweet, some are a little nerve-racking, but none of them are dull. The other day, while leaving a restaurant, Sage noticed a couple at another table celebrating a birthday. So my daughter ran over to their table and sang “Happy Birthday.” It was incredibly sweet, but also a little embarrassing – for me anyway. Fortunately, this couple enjoyed Sage’s a cappella performance. I do have to admit that she was amazingly on key. She obviously gets her musical ability from her mother.

Meanwhile, Brayden has started climbing the stairs in our house. I love it, I look forward to it, but I also dread it. I am thrilled that the little guy is confident enough in his mobility to tackle the steps; however, I wish he would stay on one level because I am a worrywart. The experience is similar to watching a close Panthers game that can go either way. You get caught up in the emotion of the situation, but your stomach gets tied up in knots.

I bring all this up because I did not think I would get so much joy watching my kids grow and develop. Every day brings something unusual. Sage has developed a wild sense of humor. Have you noticed how kids are not afraid to make their observations public? The other day, Sage told me to not eat so much lunch because my belly is getting too big, and that I should cut down on the soda because it is making me burp too much. And I always thought telling the truth was a good thing.

Still, I’m not complaining. My kids amaze me every day. From Sage’s questions on life and responsibility (“Daddy, why is there garbage on the side of the road?”) to Brayden mastering the fine art of feeding himself a sandwich (turkey and cheese is his favorite), it has been a fun time. Now all I need to do is reduce the size of my belly and just drink water, and things will be perfect – according to Sage.

Bruce Snyder is sports director at Fox Charlotte. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Charisse, 4-year-old daughter, Sage, and 1-year-old son, Brayden.