Taking the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as a paper plate can become so much more with a little help of a child’s imagination? I marvel at the ways my children can take normal objects around the house and make them into something more grand than they were originally intended for. Everything can be something great with a little imagination.

It is a skill that sometimes I think I need to hold onto better. What better way to engage in creative play with the kids then being able to make the greatest out of the most ordinary? How great must it be to be able to look at everything as if it’s limitless and full of potential? I think the question I ask myself more often is why I let being an adult stand in the way of being this free of mind?

Then I ask myself this: How can I take my role as dad from ordinary to extraordinary? Is it possible to use that same imagination and translate it into real life application? Being a dad consists of so many different aspects. I try daily to be as involved in my children’s lives as is humanly possible. I am available to my kids for whatever they need me to be at the time. Whether it is doctor, friend, fellow superhero, or whatever the case calls for, I am there.

I want it to be more than just “being there” though. I want to take the ordinary role I play to the extraordinary. I want to be there before my kids are there (if that makes any sense). I want our playtime to be the best ever, every time. I want our reading time to become a time that we are immersed in the world the book created. I want every moment we spend together to be a moment that makes a memory. From the mundane, everyday happenings, to the fun activities we enjoy as a family.

There always seems to be a way for my kids to make the best and most out of everything. Why can’t it be the same for me and my role as a dad? Answer, it doesn’t have to be different. I think I am going to take the cue from the ones who take so many from me and start making every ordinary, extraordinary. There is always a way to bring more life into everything. Why shouldn’t the same be said for being a dad?

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John Taylor

JohnTaylor is the proud dad to two wonderful kids: Little Man(5) and Little Girl(3), and also the honored husband to The Wifey who has been gracious enough to tolerate me for 8 years and counting. This adventure into dadhood started back in 2007. Since then, no turning back. I am along for the ride, and learning every moment of it.

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