Monkey Joe’s: Welcome to The Jungle

29 January 2012, 17:16

Lucas Shaffer

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I am often reminded about my childhood when I see Gus blend into the masses at Monkey Joe’s.  There is freedom in numbers while I watch him interact with no name children of his own age. He has a good nature as he navigates and watches the others jump from moon bounce to big slide.

But what I see and what he is thinking are two different things. His mind is reeling as the older kids scatter around him and he tries his best to keep up.  Coupled with the height and weight of a 4 year old, Gus is a modest 2 year old who has yet to find his balance and he does incredibly well on his own. I must admit letting him loose into the bigger areas are frustrating as I can not be there to help all the time.

I guess this is a lot like adulthood.  We go in one side as the entrance and then bounce around, often off of others, to find that the climb to the top is all about the final slide to the bottom.  Then you climb off and circle around to do it again.  Except in life, the ‘rides’ are often over complicated by those who stand around and get in the way of those who are on their way to the top.  Once in a while, as the video will show, people will surprise you and do remarkable things because they see they can help.

Welcome to the jungle, Gus.

Lucas Shaffer

I am a working father who loves to spend time with my son, Gus. I created this site to give other dads an outlet to share their adventures with their kids. I have a lovely wife, Whitney and spend most of my work time as an entrepreneur, blogger, programmer, designer and podcaster. Follow me on twitter; @lucaslshaffer

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