Looking for some father-son or father-daughter time? Do the lyrics of “Cats in the Cradle” cause you to cry a little? If you said yes to one or both of these questions, you might want to consider taking a whitewater rafting trip down the Grand Canyon.
Fathers, take a minute and reflect on your childhood. Think about those moments when it was just you and your dad. Remember the things he taught you and the places he took you, and know that you play an immeasurably critical role in your child’s life. I have no qualms about stealing Hedy Lamarr’s quote, “I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any man as much.”
I’m not attempting to say that you need to take your child on a whitewater rafting trip to be a good father (although I don’t think it’s a bad idea either). I’m simply saying, as an immensely satisfied son, that fathers who take the time to do things with their children often tend to be excellent fathers. Take them fishing. Show them how to build something. Throw a ball around. Anything.
With that being said, I had the opportunity to raft the Colorado River with my dad a few years back. I spent 7 days next to my dad, experiencing the thrill of the rapids, and sleeping under a blanket of stars at the floor of the Grand Canyon. I plan to carry the memories of that trip with me for the foreseeable future, and I hope that you all have a chance to do something like this with your children.