I see myself in the mirror. I look my age. Or maybe more.
The little hair I do have is more grey than black. My jeans are snug at the thighs. My blue and white button down shirt is tucked in beyond my belt.
I’m stretching my left arm away from my body. I’m in the middle of my second set of 10. My shoulder – the reason I came in the first place – is lightly throbbing. It’s not pleasant but certainly bearable.
Mrs. MMK and I – not on date night.
It’s been nearly seven years since MeMyselfandKids first began. As Richie Ashburn used to say, “Hard to believe Harry” (Enjoy that reference Phillies fans).
Anyway, much has changed since MMK came into existence in the world itself and in my family. My children were four and seven when I first entered the blogosphere. And very needy.
While BR and SJ never suffered from separation anxiety – Mrs. MMK and I choose to be proud of this rather than question if our children love us – getting out was still a chore.
Ready to go to his first Little League game.
Little League begins for BR this weekend.
This is his last year in the league, and he made his goals clear.
So, what are you thinking about for the upcoming season?
Huh? Could you take the music out of your ears for a minute?
[Sound like a conversation you’ve had with your teen?]
Fine, what do you want?
What are you thinking about for the upcoming season?
We have to win a championship.
Well, every team wants to win, and only one will. I mean I want to and everything, but to say we have to…
No. If we don’t win, it’s a fail. It’s our final year, and we haven’t won yet. So, it has to be this year.
How many times have you heard practice makes perfect?
About a gazillion – right.
And I find it be true for the most part. Well, I might not get to perfect, but I get way, way better.
But then, there’s parenting.
Next week BR will be 14. Whoa – had a stop there for a moment. That still surprises me.
Anyway, that means I will have been a parent for 122,640 hours. Way more than the 10,000 hour rule.
By the way, this doesn’t even count the hours with SJ who will be 11.5 in a couple of weeks. Do we get double time? Just wondering.
So, the 10,000 hour rule. You know it – right? Takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become great at some high level task. While this is an average and is task dependent, the point is it takes a long time to get to be great at something.