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Enjoying The Simple Pleasures in Life with My Family

Updated on February 12, 2013

There's nothing better than a child's love

It's the simple things that matter the most.


I was sitting in my big old easy chair last night, manipulating the keys on my laptop in an effort to form words out of midair and into sentences, when I looked up at my youngest son. Now, I know he isn’t a teenager yet, at least in age, but due to having multiple teens around him on a daily basis, he is not too far from acting like one on an occasional afternoon. This day, though, he was sitting quietly beside his Mother as he read from “The Mouse and the Motorcycle”. Those of you who have had children are most likely familiar with this wonderful story; those who are not, you should be. My youngest is in second grade, and has to read to us each evening for 15 minutes, at least. On this evening, he found this book in our bookshelves, and decided this was what he wanted to read from; it may be a little bit above his head, but if he wants to try, great!

He opened the book and began to read. He struggled a bit, but he did well, and in no time the allotted time was up. As I sat there listening to my little boy read, I could not keep the smile from my face. Curled up on our log frame couch beside his mommy, her arm draped around his shoulders holding him close, ever ready to assist in a tough word, nothing but love and patience evident on her face; folks, it is the simple pleasures like this which make Life worth living.

After he’d finished his reading, he came over and climbed up on my lap. Smiling, he asked if I had heard him reading a chapter book. “You bet I did! You did great! And I saw Mommy hugging you as you read. She loves you, doesn’t she?”

“Yeah, and I love her, and I love you, too! Daddy, can we go outside and play tomorrow?”

I smiled, and held him close. “You bet, little britches. What do you want to play?”

“Will you watch me while I ride my bike? Then, can we take Duckie for a walk and throw the stick for him?”

“Nothing would make me happier than watching you ride your bike. And I know Duckie will love to fetch the stick for us; you know how much he likes to do that. Then, when we come back in, can I sit beside you while you read your book? I really like that.”

“Okay, daddy. That sounds good. I love you, daddy.”

“I love you too, son. I love you too.”

Simple pleasures, folks. Simple pleasures.


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    • Mr Archer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr Archer 

      5 years ago from Missouri

      Thank you Ushnav. I appreciate the vote up.

    • Ushnav profile image

      Ushnav Shroff 

      5 years ago from INDIA

      So well-written, I loved it. Voted up and above! :)

    • Mr Archer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr Archer 

      5 years ago from Missouri

      Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub. Glad you enjoyed it, and I hope you enjoy some of my other hubs. Take care.

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      Dilip Chandra 

      5 years ago from India

      Good hub really. I like the above good read.

    • Mr Archer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr Archer 

      5 years ago from Missouri

      Thanks, Chris. Family comes first, and although it can be a struggle to maintain it at times, it is so very worth the time and effort to make the time for the family. I am so glad you enjoyed it; I am very proud of my wife and children, and of my work on this subject. It heartens me to know you enjoy your family in the same manner as I. I agree that in this, we will always line up on the same side. Thank you, Sir.

    • CMerritt profile image

      Chris Merritt 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      WOW, I understand....it has become one of my favorite hubs too!

      I can so much relate to this one....and you are so very, very spot on....it is INDEED time like this, that are the most important!

      I have five kids....ages from 25 down to (2) 12 year olds....and I have so so many memories from each of them, that will NEVER leave my head, due to such "important" moments.

      This is absolutly and up and awesome hub!

      Hey, we may not totally agree on a few issues, but we will ALWAYS line up on family...I'm sure of that.

      Chris M

    • Mr Archer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr Archer 

      5 years ago from Missouri

      Thank you! I was somewhat disheartened to not receive comments on this hub. It is one of my favorites. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on it; it means a great deal to me. Things like this are what is really important, and we need to take the time to enjoy them when they occur.

    • B. Leekley profile image

      Brian Leekley 

      5 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up and Awesome and shared with followers. Very true and very well put.

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