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Dudley WootenOutdoors Columnist
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Dudley Wooten

Outdoors Columnist

“Thank God for Kids” is an Oak Ridge Boys song from many moons ago, but it certainly still applies today. It applies to us that had kids that grew up and moved away, as well as us that now have grandkids. Mainly, it’s food for thought for those parents of knee-high kids today. It’s for those who think that this will last forever and there will always be time (another day) to share a memory with the kids.

As the song goes, “Thank God, there’s magic for awhile, A special kind of magic in a smile. Do you ever stop to think or wonder why, the nearest thing to heaven is a child?

Those are some pretty powerful words and you don’t really appreciate their magnitude until you experience them. I first realized and appreciated these words with little Amy back in the seventies. To experience being a parent is unlike anything else you will ever know. It is your status forever, but you will be surprised how quickly they grow up.

Yes, when Jon and Benji came along, it was their time, and they brought with them their own special magic and smile. Do you remember when you looked at your babies and knew they were the cutest or smartest the world would ever know? I guess this goes with the parenting territory and I suppose we never get over it.

I’m bouncing around in a dump truck today here in the real world of 2013, but this song takes me back to the 70’s and 80’s. I can see those smiling faces and remember that magic that was there for a while. If I keep hitting the repeat button on the C D player, maybe I can stay in “days gone by” all day. Now that we have the grandchildren – Connor, Ellee, and Rex, they have their own special smiles and magic, but you know what? I always see their parents in them. I always am reminded of those magic moments of decades ago when they perform their magic of today.

Other lines in the song are, “Without kids, we’d all live in a quiet house, Without Big Bird or a Mickey Mouse, Kool-aid on the couch, Thank God for kids.”

None of us look back later and think we wish we would have spent more time at work or doing our own thing – we wish we had done more with the kids. Most of us thought at the time, that we did just that, but what would you give just to be able to come home this afternoon and get down on one knee and look into those trusting eyes that look up to you and realize that you should ask, “What can we do right now? That would bring about the magic and the smile,” wouldn’t it?

The song goes on – “Daddy, how does this thing fly, and a hundred other wheres and whys I really don’t know, but I do know to thank God for kids.”

Yes, out of the mouths of babes come the most precious moments you’ll ever remember. It’s then that you know you don’t know everything, and it’s also then that you realize to watch your mouth, because they believe and repeat everything you say.

This writing takes me back also to those parents that have clearly illustrated parenting skills to me. They might have names like – Ed and Frances, Dick and Bettie, Forest and Alma, Dick and Norma, Claude and Ruth, Dave and Nell, Charley and Jean, Bob and Harriett, Charley and Jane, or Ed and Laura, but they all have shed some light on parenting skills to me.

Let’s adjourn, as do The Oak Ridge Boys with – “When you get down on your knees tonight, Ask the Lord for his guiding light, And pray they turn out right, Thank God for kids.”

When I am around my kids Ashlee and Benji, Carrie and Jon, Amy and Chris, or Cathy and Lindsay McChesney, my typist, with Levi and Chloe, I’m reminded to once again, Thank God for Kids.

Dudley Wooten can be reached at 740-820-8210 or by visiting wootenslandscaping.com.

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