The new year in the Willey house will begin with a new addition and I must admit I'm a bit concerned. We're already blessed with two healthy boys and they are both fantastic. They're good kids who are respectful, they listen (as much as a 4 and 8 year old will) and they truly enrich our lives. Best of all, there are two of them and there are two of us. My wife and I are able to play man-to-man defense.
We're a little old fashioned and have no idea whether we're having another boy or our first girl. We simply love the surprise, it's one of the few good surprises in life. I love that moment when you see your child and can say "IT'S A BOY or IT'S A GIRL!" But this time that joy comes with the realization my wife and I will no longer be able to play that man-to-man defense we've perfected over the years. We'll be outnumbered and what worries me most is with my wife tending to the newest addition, I'll be left to handle our two boys short-handed. My wife has proven in the past she can do it, I on the other hand am not quite as skilled.
Hockey is a great example. If you watch hockey you know when a player gets a penalty he's off to the penalty box for a few minutes and the team is left to play down a player until the time expires or the other team scores, whichever comes first. Often it's not pretty for the team playing short handed. If your lucky the penalty ends after a frenzied few minutes of defense but often a team will give up a goal. Teams usually set up a special penalty killing line in hopes of not giving up a goal.
My wife is a great multi-tasker, she could play on the penalty killing line. Me on the other hand, I like to think of myself as a great supporting cast member. Let's just say it's going to be a big change for us.
You know what else we've noticed, having a party of 5 can cause some problems you may never think of with just four. Where does the extra person sit in the sporty little car dad drives? Have you seen the size of a car seat?! It's like we're strapped in and blasting off to the moon with those things. We've noticed it in restaurants too. When my mother-in-law comes to town and we're waiting for a table we'll watch parties of 4 come in after us and be seated before us. Here's the problem, with 5 people you can't sit at a 4 person table, you need to find a 6 person table. Have you noticed there aren't as many tables for 6 in most restaurants as there are for 4?
I don't mean to sound negative because I couldn't be more thrilled to be adding to what I already think is a perfect family. But like I said, I am a bit concerned because change can be tough. Yet I'm reminded of something a friend of mine always says, "change is good when you change it good!" I have no doubt the latest addition to our family will not only be a good change but a great change.
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