THE TRUE JOYS OF PARENTHOOD ARE IN THE MOMENTS YOU MAKE TOGETHER
For me, there’s nothing more important than time spent with family. You only get one family, and when it comes to raising kids, you only get one go-round with each of them. If we do it right, then we get to watch them grow into incredible people we can be proud of. My daughter Natalie will be graduating from medical school in May, and I couldn’t be more proud. Some of you who’ve been coming to ROC for a long time might remember back when Natalie worked in our office as an aide for a little while. It’s been such a joy and pleasure to watch Natalie’s journey from those first few steps into the medical field to her now blossoming career, which will allow her to continue helping people. When Natalie was in medical school, I watched her head spin as she tried to sort through what kind of medicine she wanted to practice. The possibilities seemed endless. Now that she’s completing her education, she’s decided to focus her practice on physical medicine and rehabilitation. I can’t help but smile about this because, while it’s certainly different from the work I do, I sense a little bit of a chip off the ol’ block in how Natalie has decided to enter the workforce. It’s almost like she’s come full circle, and I’m beyond honored to have been a part of that process. Natalie and her husband, who’s also graduating from medical school and planning to become a neurologist, will both be starting their residencies sometime in June. We don’t yet know what city or even state they’ll end up working in, so we’ve decided to make the most of the time we have together while we still have it. My entire family is excited to take a weeklong vacation to Kauai, one of our favorite places to visit together. My daughter, son, wife, and in-laws have all been to the island before, but it’ll be the first time my son-in-law is coming with us, so we get to share special moments with someone new, and welcome him into something my family has loved doing for so long.
about spending this time together is being able to unplug from the rest of the world and just focus on time with family. We can unwind, recollect, and think about the things that are most important in life. We rarely get to bring three generations together like this, and even though a week is short, we do everything we can to slow it down and soak up all the time we have together. Luckily, island life makes that easy to do. They call it the “aloha pace,” and I’ll always have fond memories of how well that pace has served my family over the years. We’ve taken the kids to Kauai since they were young, and we’ve made a lot of memories there together. We’ve never rushed through these moments, and I don’t expect to start now. I know Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are both coming up in the next couple of months, and it’s a time when sons and daughters are supposed to appreciate everything their parents do for them. But that’s not what parenthood is about. It’s about giving a slice of your life to another and doing everything you can to help them achieve a life for themselves. That’s where the real joy of parenthood comes from, and I’ve loved it every step of the way. –Matt Smith
Each of us has our favorite beaches to lay on, hikes to trek, and snorkeling spots to dive into. But my favorite thing
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