Yesterday, I took my first day off in 3 weeks. I still haven’t unpacked the first box in my new office and so was tempted to go into work and unpack, but my wife talked me into taking the full day off. I’m glad I did. I had a great day. First, I had “man time” with my 4 year old son. We went and both got haircuts. After that we went to my favorite Mexican restaurant – they know me well there and were excited to meet Tommy. Tommy didn’t really eat Mexican (he had grilled cheese), but seemed to enjoy it. After lunch we stopped by a cool place where we played a round of putt-putt and then Tommy put on a batting helmet for the first time and we stepped into his first batting cage. It was great father/son time and a special memory for us both. After the batting cage, I introduced Tommy to Gatorade, which seemed to hit the spot.

I then brought Tommy back to our house, where my wife and youngest daughter were. My youngest daughter, Katie, finished my Gatorade for me (not my choice). I left them all at home and went to pick up my oldest, who was at Kindergarten. From her school, we went to “Just Brakes” to get my SUV worked on (it was due for some break repair). I offered to drop Grace off at home first, but she wanted to go with me. While we waited for them to check out my truck, Grace drew a picture of the shop, including “Just Brakes” on the sign – she’s sharp.

The night went on to include dinner together as a family, me renting a movie and my wife and I having an at-home “date night”, after the kids went to bed. It was a great day and much needed. Today, my wife is taking our oldest to have some mom and daughter time, while I stay with the other two. I feel refreshed and excited as I look forward to my Tarheels taking care of Duke tomorrow. If you’re going to fill out a NCAA Tournament bracket, I can save you a lot of trouble by advising you to put the Heels in the Championship game.

Greg Atkinson

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