When I was a young lad, my friends and I had a competition to see who could build the best fort.
My father was a builder and luckily I had access to his leftover materials. My father was a busy man, so I learned on my own through trial and error. Not nearly as much fun to build by yourself.
As the competition went on, I did build the best one – until my friend Mike built a better one. Not to be outdone, I added a second floor.
Building is in my genes, seeing that I have been building homes for about 35 years now, and yes – some of the best! I find myself wishing that my father was here to share it with me, create memories, but I’m sure that he is watching me now as I follow in his footsteps.
As a parent, I strive to give my kids as much of my time as I can. It’s important to share your passions with your kids and I have been lucky enough to create memories with my son, by building a tree fort.
As I did when I was a kid we used left over materials from my projects on the farm, and it continued to grow, along with the learning.
Now we just have to look at it and it brings smiles to our faces every time, to us it is more than just a fort.
As he gets older my son’s interests have changed, he’s not really as fascinated with hanging out in the tree fort anymore, but I am so glad that we took that window of time and created lasting memories together – with hammer and nail; and a bunch of laughter and lessons learned.
I encourage you to make those memories whenever possible, and with whomever you are around.
After all, it’s just a tree fort, right?
By Dave Linkert, Site Supervisor, Port 32 Marshall Homes