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By Seth Kabala

Last summer, we started Will in golf lessons. It’s an old joke, but I still maintain that having a retirement plan, even if it’s a fantasy, is better than nothing.

But this post is about my four-year-old daughter, Anna, who, upon seeing her brother’s increased interest in the sport, insists on tagging along to the backyard when we hit balls. She claims she wants to hit balls, but her participation goes something like this:

1. Anna sitting in the grass picking flowers.

2. Anna reaching through the fence to pet the huge dog we don’t know, belonging to the weird neighbor with the Dr. Who TARDIS in his backyard (no joke), a neighbor whom we no way in hell want to know without a steel fence barrier between us.

3. Anna nearly losing a tooth and/or an eye because she wasn’t paying attention to Will’s back-swing.

I can convince her to hit a couple, but only if I help her. She has this idea that holding the club like a pole-vault, uh, pole?, is the same as a well-executed back-swing and follow through, and only then when I help her swing the club.

Following her assisted power shot, she lights up like a drunk on payday (too far?) and proclaims her love for the game, insisting she always be included.

Yay me and Will.

Anna loves to dance. We’re getting her involved with a local studio, so I expect her enthusiasm for golf to wane, but who knows? I avoid gambling, but isn’t every day as a parent one big spin of the roulette wheel?

Will dance go anywhere? Dunno? Will she eventually take to golf like Will? Possibly. Is it annoying to have her in the backyard risking life and limb while she indulges a daydream? /p>

To a degree, yes, but I have to remember why she’s there. Connection. Quality time. Regardless of if 95% of her brain is fantasizing about being a Disney princess, the remainder is there with me, and I treat custody of that asset with extreme care.

I love my kids, but kids are annoying. It’s true. Admit it. Passing on a legacy without being declared insane is like trying to navigate class five rapids on a blow-up inner-tube. Still, doesn’t mean we don’t love ‘em, right? Just take deep breaths when you fall in the water.

Unbridled enthusiasm is something I will never break, no matter the cost.

Let those spirits run free.

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Seth Kabala

About: Seth Kabala
Seth is an entrepreneur, writer, musician, family man, and juggler of balls--big ones. He lives with his wife and three children in Portland, OR.

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