Saturday, March 10, 2007

A Beach Party with Riker

The other day I had a cool experience. My son Riker invited me to a beach party in his room. Apparently there were some bright sunlight coming through his window so somehow he got it in his head that we should have a beach party. So I went up to his room and sure enough he had the blinds open to take advantage of the warm sunlight. Then he turned his clock radio on and cranked up the tunes. Sadly, I had no sunglasses, but Riker put on his. Then he got a "beach" ball from downstairs and we played catch on the "beach." Apparently a beach party in Riker's mind involves the giving of gifts so Trinity and I both got gifts that we were allowed to keep (for two whole days)! We really did have a lot of fun.

I was impressed by Riker's imagination, generosity, and positive attitude. He also taught me a lesson - every now and then, it's time to have a beach party. A time to notice the simple beauty around us (like a good sunbeam) and creatively invite others to take joy in it as well. And if you end up throwing one, please invite me, I'm sure my soul could use it!

May Light increase!


Anonymous said...

Riker has such a great imagination! How nice that he shares it with you! Moving to Winnipeg is definately something John and I have thought about, but we really like the weather here! Besides, it's nice to be close to Mom and Dad. I loved your description of your yurt experience! Makes me want to go! I saw that you have some other blogs between then and now. They look pretty deep so I'm going to wait until the kids are asleep before I read them. Thanks for giving me some insight into your experiences as a father. They are good stories to hear!


Jay Boaz said...

Dude! That is so awesome! Riker is so the man! :) Stuff like that is what makes having kids so great (I'm sure, anyway ;)

Jay Boaz

Mark said...

Yeah, it's pretty cool to have kids (most of the time). The stuff that they come up with never ceases to amaze me. . .

Dayna said...

nice... 3 cheers for beach parties! and for riker! ok, well we're at it, let's have 3 cheers for the entire westman family!!!

much love,