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You give them a hug, a kiss on the cheek, and watch helplessly as a tear slides gently down their face. And the realization strikes like thunder – you will not see, hold, or kiss your kids for a month. You tell them you love them, turn around, and walk away.
The last thing you hear is, “Dad, I’m going to miss you.”
I haven’t written a word since June 19th. That’s because I spent the summer preparing to fly my kids in so they can stay with me. They were here 2 weeks. It was the best two weeks of my year!
We played, we laughed, and we spent quality time with family.
Before we knew it, the two weeks had come to an end. We packed our bags and headed to airport. A few hours later we were in Los Angeles, driving towards their mom’s house.
It was bitter-sweet. How could it feel any other way?
There is nothing sweeter than watching my kids play, being able to tuck them in bed, and kissing them goodnight.
And there is nothing more bitter and heartbreaking than knowing I won’t see them tonight, tomorrow, the day after…
But it is through this battle of resilience that I instantly remember what is truly important. Kids and family – everything else is just a bonus.
Don’t take the people in your life for granted because life is unpredictable.
One day they’re here…
And then they’re not…
Don’t miss a moment – we only get so many – and then it’s over.
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Ed Escoto is a dad to two cool kids! Other than his kids, his passions revolve around creating things and adding life to his years.
He is an Analyst, writer, self-proclaimed minimalist, and the author of seven books in multiple genres. Several of his books became Amazon #1 Best Sellers and #1 New Releases. His most recent book was My First Spanish Numbers Colors Shapes – the fifth book in his children’s book series [DH Books].
Divorced Before 30 was his debut into writing. He shares his story about overcoming the challenges of divorce, moving forward, and becoming a better version of himself. He shares everything: the ups, the downs, and every OH SHIT moment in between.
His life was planned out and then life happened! Married and divorced before his 30th birthday, started several businesses, but most failed, and a career that once focused entirely on numbers is now a combination of numbers, words, and art.