My kids have had their first Grateful Dead experience – and it was a success. We shared the experience last night at Madison Square Garden as Dead and Company covered three hours or so of material. As we were heading home, I realized this is just the latest in the shared experience my girls and I have.
Through academic achievement, school performance and athletic endeavor, my girls have allowed me to share in the experience of their lives. Seeing their conquests and even some disappointment as time has gone along.
And since Risa passed away (nearly seven years ago) the girls and I have shared experiences – starting with skiing in the weeks after the funeral. We’ve been able to enjoy that for years (even though 15.0 “retired” from the sport last winter). We’ve done mud-runs together, vacationed together and celebrated life events together.
That shared experience I hope is a bond that the girls can count on – because as we rip days off the calendar this school year, we get closer to 17.0 going away to school. Whether we’re ready for that or not – the day will come and we’ll have another shared experience (albeit this one apart).