The birth of my two kids are the two most important events that have happened in my life. They are now 12 and 7. My 12 year old daughter is more interested in her hair, clothes, cell phone, and many other things than being with Dad now, which breaks my heart every day. It truly does seem like yeaterday that we were always together, one of those activities being pinball. We played hundreds and hundreds of games together, phrases from the games became part of our everyday dialogue and joke material. Just she and I going to the Ohio pinball show together and hanging out all day. Her entering the juniors tournament and placing 5th, on a game she had never played, out of 60 kids. I know these times are gone forever now, but we will always be close.
My 7 year old son plays pinball occasionally with Dad, but usually our time together is hockey or Xbox or Lego related. Coaching him in hockey has been a dream of mine since before I had a son. I know the time we spend together will wain as he gets older, just like his big sister.
I go in the gameroom and it seems empty without the family in there, that is why the pins do not get a lot of play nowadays. There will be plenty of time for that when they are all grown up. I am glad I will have no regrets with my kids as far as time spent with them, I give them ALL my time while they still want it.
10 years from now, when my daughter is at college and my son will be out chasing girls, my wife and I will be at home getting old. I will sneak off to the gameroom and hear all the memories that were created in that corner of the basement and will always have those wonderful memories forever in my head and my heart.