My precious son Augustine turns five today. Rather than buy him a gift he does not need, I took him to Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday for a father-son day. It was a fabulous day and made me stop and think how fast he is growing up and how fast time is passing us by.
Augustine’s Fifth Birthday At LAX
Since my primary business failed last year, I wouldn’t say I’ve twiddled my thumbs, but I’ve found myself far less productive than I was when running a company. These days, it feels like I do half the work I did before, but that may be an unfair characterization. Embracing my stay-at-home dad role, I’m also now the maid, cook, and gardener as my wife pursues another degree. I figure this is for a season, but we all know how fast weeks turn into months and months turn into years.
But the good news is that despite all my travel this year, I’ve spent a lot of time with my children. I’ve seen my 16-month-old daughter grow up in ways I never saw Augustine did. We spend most days together. And while Augustine spends most of the day in kindergarten, I take him to school in the morning and pick him up in the afternoon. We celebrate the end of his day with a cappuccino for me and a special “cappuccino” (foamed milk) for Augustine. I love sitting with him in our garden after school over coffee and hearing about his day.
It has been a long time since we’ve been to the airport together on a plane spotting day…the last visit was a year ago for his fourth birthday. It still strikes me as incredible that another year has flown by.
We left the house early and parked near In-N-Out again on Sepulveda Boulevard. We then walked into LAX and headed to the Tom Bradley International Terminal. Once past security, we headed to the Star Alliance Lounge where we enjoyed a nice breakfast.
We followed that by walking around the terminal, though there were not that many airplanes present.
Returning to the lounge, we settled on the patio where I got a bit of work done and I let Augustine watch his favorite German program, Die Sendung mit der Maus. This is an educational program and I’m happy to let Augustine watch this once in a while (we have no TV at home).
That was followed by lunch and more plane spotting. We took advantage of the lounge’s noodle bar and I introduced Augustine to chop sticks for the first time – he made a noble effort at using them.
We then walked back to the car and just like when he was two, he fell asleep in the car…
For parents out there, I strongly recommend little trips like this, even if you just watch the planes landing. It’s a fabulous bonding opportunity and creates the sort of memories that will far outlast any material objects. I hope to take Augustine on more airport trips, but this was a fun day. I will treasure the memories and photos for the rest of my life.
And to you, dear Augustine, happy birthday son. I love you so much and am so proud of you.