As I enter my 40th year, there are many areas of my life that I would like to improve including my spirituality, my health, my work, my relationships, and my important roles as husband and father. Thus, here are 40 things I will accomplish this year before my 40th birthday:
Go to bed earlier.
Get up earlier.
Be less lazy.
Pray more as a family.
Get Archbishop Michael to laugh at one of my jokes because it’s funny and not out of sympathy.
Be as much parent as I am playmate to my children.
Help Sean discern which high school he will go to for grade 8.
Spend more intentional one-on-one time with Jacob.
Spend more intentional one-on-one time with Kayla.
Father’s Day is always a bittersweet day for me, and this past one was no exception. While I celebrate the blessing of my three kids, I also spend some time reflecting on my late father Larry who passed away on October 11, 2004 when he suffered a heart attack on the 17th fairway at Burnaby Mountain Golf Course. Not a bad way to go out all things considered…at least he was doing something he loved! :p
It goes without saying that I love Dad very much and I miss him dearly. Every day, I feel his imprint on me whether it’s how I parent, how I don’t take myself too seriously, or how I think I’m a decent athlete.
In a conversation I had with my dear friend Megan over dinner last night, I lamented that I wish that my daughter Kayla, born in December 2007, had a chance to meet my Dad. As she is the first Imoo girl in 75 years, there’s no doubt that he would have doted over her and likely spoiled her. My son Jacob, born in September 2003, was barely a year-old when Dad died so at least they got to spend some time together. And my eldest Sean, born August 2001, was the lucky one as he spent quality time with Dad playing golf, hockey, and basketball among others.