My most precious soul friend is my three-year-old son Finn…but it wasn’t always that way.
Last year at this time, Finn was well into his terrible twos - defiant, and pushing every last button I had. I was constantly frustrated with him and increasingly impatient and loud. It was not what I wanted for our relationship.
At the same, I was planning my sabbatical on everyday spirituality called “Everyday Sacred,” and it became clear that my relationship with Finn would be an important part of my project.
We got to work quickly. We spent the first part of the sabbatical travelling in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. We ate out for lunch most days, but just like at home, Finn never made it through a meal. Like clockwork, as soon as the food would hit the table, he would be up out of his chair. With my wife Jenny pregnant with twins, I was the designated Finn-chaser. I really resented not being able to sit and relax and eat my food, especially on my sabbatical.