Lead Me, Follow Me, or Get Out of My Way

My two boys were playing in the empty lot next door with some of the younger neighbor kids.  They were doing things like exploring, throwing rocks and gathering sticks to build things.  As I’m standing in my driveway talking to a neighbor, my younger son, Bo, with a shovel in hand declares:

“Hey dad, guess what? We’re digging for dead bodies,” (offered in an ‘I’m brushing my teeth’ matter-of-fact way).

General Gravedigger and a couple of his minions

Knowing that he was unlikely to find Jimmy Hoffa’s remains there, I thought there was a truth that might interest him.  I told him that the remains of a horse named Shadow are actually buried on the lot and it’s how the two streets in our neighborhood came to be called Shadow Bend and Shadow Court.

Without skipping a beat, he nods, raises his shovel and loudly declares “Guys!  New plan! We’re digging up a horse!” and marches off like General Patton.

My neighbor and I looked at each other and just laughed.

Man, kids are a wit.

Go. See. Be. Do.


About Matt Boettcher - Dads' Bucket List

Husband and dad to two boys who's always trying to enjoy the humor and meaning in the journey of fatherhood. Check out how things are going at: http://dadsbucketlist.com In addition to these responsibilities I'm also an avid (some would say obsessive) sports fan, very amateur gardener, aging but still active runner, and an always willing to experience a new country traveler.
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