They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder. That statement couldn’t be truer. Even for parents and children. It doesn’t happen a lot, but there are times when you just need time away from your child.

Ever since I started my new job at a TV station in Kansas City, I have had the fortunate (which will turn to unfortunate by the end of this post) opportunity to travel. There have been conferences that I have attended that are across mountain ranges in cities that I have never been to before.

While I may be working, the time away from the Rookie is needed. Don’t get me wrong, I love him, deeply, but there are times where we need the old high school sweetheart break-up. We say that we are breaking up for good (well OK not for good but for the sake of continuing this story let’s say that we did think about breaking up for good), but eventually what happens is I come running back. There is a simple explanation to it….

Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder.

Distance Makes the Heart Grow Fonder - The Rookie Dad

Take distance literally in this and it’s true that it does make the heart grow fonder. I’m sitting here writing this and the Rookie is off in another city, in another state, an hour and half plan ride, and a 9 hour car trip away, alone in my house.

Toys are still thrown around the living room, dishes still need to be done to give these next few days a sense of normalcy. There still seems to be something missing, The Rookie (and don’t forget Mrs. Rookie Dad too!) .

I was excited about this time a way. Mostly because I could watch as much baseball and Bill Nye on Netflix as I wanted. It has been two days now without either of them around and it is starting to feel like something is missing.

Two days is what it took for the distance to make the heart grow fonder.

Looking back at the business trips that I have been on, I realize that even in a hotel room, all alone, it only takes two days for me to want to go back to my family.

It is strange how that works. The excitement of getting some time away builds only to be brought down 2 days into a trip.

However, this time off started before I loaded the Rookie and Mrs. Rookie Dad on a plane when the Rookie said, “Daddy, I love you!” as I was leaving his room as he was nodding off to sleep.

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  1. Gary Mathews May 26, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    When I was married and my ex would go visit her friend out of town and take my daughter I used to look forward to a “bachelor” weekend and that lasted for all of about one day. Completely understand where you are coming from.

  2. kimorlando June 12, 2015 at 7:46 AM

    My teens look a heckuva lot cuter after a couple days away!

    1. therookiedad June 15, 2015 at 7:08 AM

      I’ll have to agree with you, I do feel like I have more patience with my son when I am away from him for a few days.


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