I overheard this conversation a few days ago.
I imagined a much younger me listening to the same conversation and hearing it totally differently.
It was between two guys in their (I think) early 20’s.
It went something like this:
So, Saturday. ‘We out?
Nah I can’t. I’ve got my daughter with me all weekend.
Aw can’t you get someone to look after her for the night?
“I’ve no idea.”
Well have you tried?
Well; why not?
“Because I’d rather be with her than you.”
This was really interesting for me.
Because I’ve been the first guy.
And I’ve been the second guy.
I found it interesting how these two guys saw the world so differently.
Yet were still friends.
Both focused on their own realities and priorities.
But what struck me most was the unflinching language from the second guy.
I liked that.
He was not going to be pressured.
And his friend just knew it.
He was a young man that knew his own mind and what he wanted.
And, from what I saw and heard in the five minutes I was earwigging, he had the makings of a good dad too.
Long may it last.