Our two year old, Charlie, is growing up fast! He is forming a sense of humor, opinions, pet peeves and all kinds of things he couldn't do even a few months ago.

One of the bittersweet things about this period is that he is starting to get sick of mom and dad hanging around all the time, especially after three months of quarantine at home. He was used to going to grandma's or great-grandma's while mom and dad went to work. Now, we just are home a lot.

For the first 80 days of the pandemic, we didn't really leave the house except to take an occasional walk around the neighborhood. Lately, we have been going to the playground by our house to give him something to do after some of the restrictions were lifted.

Well, last week, our little man met a group of neighbor kids and inserted himself into their little play group. There is a three-year-old, a four-year-old and a couple of older kids. He bravely jumped right in and joined them, a trait I wish I was better with.

I saw him struggling to climb out of a swing while playing and made the mistake of asking if he needed some help. He replied "No danks dad I just swingin' with my friends."

It was a weird moment. One one hand, I was really excited for him to be having fun with people his own age. On the other hand, it was hard to let go of the kid that only wanted to play with daddy.

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