In an earlier episode called “Puck Luck“, I took my daughter to a local college hockey game. In the blog, I listed 6 things we did together that were part of “The Game Away From the Game“. Think of it this way. There was a live hockey game in front of us, but my daughter doesn’t like hockey. Therefore, I created an experience with 6 other games or activities to seal the memory with dad.
The 4th item on that list was:
“After the game, we walked to the car a round-about way. We descended the Metal Staircase of Danger, ran across the Black Ice Palace, and jumped off the Wall of Wisdom (sounds like we were in the Elf Movie). The wall jumping was the most fun.”
It was now the boy’s turn to attend a hockey game with dad. The game part was a lot of fun as the boys enjoyed watching it and “The Game Away” was even better! We hit the Metal Staircase of Danger and approached the Wall of Danger and Destruction (okay, I may have altered the name a bit).
And now we get to it! There is a big difference between boys and girls when it comes to approaching a wall. Typically, the girl will find a peaceful way to get down and the boy will find a way to dangerously scale or jump it. There are always exceptions. My daughter was one. She wanted to jump, but that’s because I encouraged her.
My boys loved the next 30 minutes. While the other hockey fans herded to their vehicles and drove off, we remained, teetering upon the Humpty Dumpty Wall.
The night was a success. The game was a success and “The Game Away From the Game” was a success. Something really cool happened as a serendipity. My 12 and 6-year-old sons really bonded.
Connection from father to son can lead to brother to brother. Isn’t is amazing how much power we Dads hold?
Along his journey from artist to engineer to entrepreneur, Ken Carfagno became a dad. And like many new dads, his kids inspired a long-forgotten gift. Ken could make up stories and draw his kids into them. This sparked a dream that lead to Dadnamics, the infusion of creativity, adventure, and silliness into dad time. And it lead to the Arctic Land experience.