“There is always a moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”
– Graham Greene –
You see, we’ve got them with us for only a little while and we don’t want to end up dropping them off at college or watch them moving their stuff out of the house and look back with a boatload of regrets about missed opportunities. We all want to build lasting memories and open new doors for our kids. We never know what experience may spark a passion in our kids we never knew existed.
In the words of one of my sporting heroes, Herb Brooks, “This is our time.” Let’s not let it slip away.
What are we doing?
- We’re a group of fathers and sons/daughters sharing unique, new experiences on a regular basis and having some fun along the way.
- We want dads to meet and connect with other dads and also for kids to foster new friendships
- Moms benefit by getting a little break and some well deserved time off.
- We want to think of a great idea and figure out a way to make the experience happen.
- We’ve been adding to the group organically by dads getting other dads involved. We’re always looking to add to our numbers (just subscribe on the homepage of this site and e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get on board)
What this is not:
- It’s not a religious based group
- There is no agenda, it’s all about having fun and trying some new experiences
- Horseback Riding (or better yet Bull Riding)
- Be extras in a movie (heck, let’s get nominated for an Oscar!)
- Build a garden for someone
- Learn how to make a pizza from scratch
- Build a bench (out of wood that you cut instead of one from Ikea)
- Play a round of golf (at Augusta. Do they allow 20somes for groups?)
Harvest a cropand drive one of those awesome combines Volunteer at a food bank and see how others less fortunate get by Play a game of flag football(with an ex-NFL player)
- Take BP at a Major League ball park
- Ride a bike down a mountain (beats riding one up)
Play a game of hockey (on the streetand the ice) Go on a long group run (and help raise money for a worthy cause) Go fishing (and catch some kind of man eater)
- Tour a TV station and try our hand at delivering the news (or an opinion)
Climb a mountain(that rhymes with Neverest) Try orienteering (whatever it is) Go spelunking (we all know what that is)
- Take an art class
- Watch a movie outside under the stars
Go camping (and return with all members accounted for)
- Rock climbing
- Swim with some type of fish that is bigger than you
- Play a pick-up basketball game with an ex-Pro
- Visit a foreign country
- Learn to speak a new language (like Vulcan, directly from Spock)
- Sit in the owner’s box at a professional sports game
- Give our kids as many experiences as we can
So what do you say? Go. See. Be. Do.
Matt Boettcher – Dads’ Bucket List