Many years ago, I had the privilege of reading a book titled “Build the Fort Today” By Jim Kerns. I can’t find my copy, but I remember the book being about how appreciating the people in your life and accepting people for who they are. Nobody is perfect. I also believe that the title of the book had to do with a story of a Dad who kept on postponing the construction of a Fort with his son in their backyard. Weeks and weeks had gone by. Finally, the father promised his son that “Tonight” would be the night that they would construct the fort. The child, filled with so much joy and excitement, was on his way home from school that afternoon, and forgot about safety measures with regards to crossing the street. He was struck and killed by a car. The Father and Son never had the chance to fulfill that child’s dream.
(Mr. Kerns, I apologize if I am paraphrasing and/or missed details.)
Two weeks ago, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I was laying in my hammock on our back porch. It was a quiet and peaceful day until I started hearing some hamming and sawing. I asked myself, “What is going on?”
It was my neighbor and his young daughter building a fort in their backyard. Of all things: A Fort. It was great to see this in action. The teamwork of a father and a daughter was so awesome to observe. The excitement in her voice as she told her father her plans for this newly built structure. The patience that this father had with his daughter as he explained the reasoning behind why he was constructing the fort like he was.
My mind soon drifted back to the book “Build the Fort Today.” I am probably the last one to preach advice about making priorities with my family. For me, it is a constant work in progress.
I got to thinking about how I had cancelled two trips to visit my ill and aging father who now lives in a nursing home in Florida. I asked myself, “Can I really leave the hotel for 4 days? Will things run smoothly without me there? Can I afford the airplane ticket?” My conclusion was YES to all of the above!
As I write this blog, I am literally in Florida visiting my so precious Dad who is the classiest and most honorable man I have and will ever know. I would not be here today if it wasn't for the unconditional love and blessings that he and my mother bestowed upon me.
So I ask you, what “Fort” are you putting off? Have you asked yourself why?
When is the last time you took your significant other or child on a little adventure to spend quality time and create lifelong memories?
Well, I would like to do my part to help you pull the trigger and come stay at The Hotel Pattee. Let’s remove “Affordability” from the equation.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and put FORT in the Subject line.
Let me know the day(s) that you would like to book a room.
Note, these are not valid with any other discounts or special events.
Book your reservation via email to me no later than 8/31/14, and you can make that reservation for any dates through 12/30/14.
Build your FORT today and you will have no regrets.
Jay Hartz, owner.