The Good Life Men's Magazine - November/December 2019

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FATHERS | MR. FULL-TIME DAD

MOVING ON,

NOT LETTING GO

WRITTEN BY: BEN HANSON • PHOTOS BY: URBAN TOAD MEDIA

Almost ten years to the day after my wife, Emily, and I

moved into our first home together, we packed up all our

earthly possessions and moved south … approximately

30 blocks. There were four of us to move this time

around, including our son, Macklin, and our dog, Lucy.

After ten years of accumulation, and now being fully

moved into a home roughly twice the size, it's amazing

how much we crammed into that first home.

Beyond the physical stuff — which we brought with us, for

better or worse — the move provided a wonderful

excuse to get lost in nostalgia over all the

intangible stuff we also crammed in during

the past ten years. We created enough

memories, learned enough lessons

and experienced enough "firsts" to

write a small memoir … minus all

the heroics and achievements one

normally reads about in memoirs.

And so, the hardest part of the

move wasn't physical, although

I'll never again be a willing

participant in moving a piano.

For me, moving felt like

forever walking away from

the set and setting of my life

as a full-time stay-at-home dad

— arguably the greatest time of

my life.

I will never again be greeted by those

seven steps up from the front door to

the living room, where Mack learned to

climb stairs, or the seven steps down to

the basement, where he was often too

adorably afraid to go by himself. I will

never get to chase Mack in circles around the

wall that divided the kitchen from the living

room. I'll never sit under our flowering

front tree with him on a blanket like we

did every sunny day before he learned to

walk. I'll never walk in to wake him up in his

old bedroom, where I put together his crib

not once, but twice … and then a third time,

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