Sunday, June 28, 2009

Through the Tunnel

I went to the Oakland Zoo with the kids today.

Frankie had a blockbuster day in accomplishments.

It was the first time we went there without the stroller. She walked everywhere the whole time we were there.

We went on her first sky lift ride...30 feet over the zoo and she loved every minute of it waving at everyone that we passed and telling the animals below that we would be back to see them later.

She went on her first roller coaster and yelled "Wheeeeee" the entire ride. It was a little tiger one and wasn't very fast but to her it was the greatest ride ever.

She went on the merry-go-round on her own animal by herself. She waved as she went by every time saying "Daddy. Look at me. I am on the merry-go-round"

It is such joy to be able to witness each of these little accomplishments and to recognize and remember them. What she was wearing, what she said, the look on her face. There is nothing i would have rather done today. I always feel so present in the moment with her because it is too easy to miss these things that will never happen again. She will do all of these things a hundred times in her life but it will never again will it be the first. And I was there.


  1. Aren't "firsts" the absolutely best??

    Glad you had a great day, Rich, and glad Frankie had an awesome day!!

  2. I think that is really fantastic that you appreciate the gift of parenthood.