What Happens in Vegas…..

Alan Smyth —  December 3, 2012 — Leave a comment

This past weekend, Brittany and I had an incredible 24 hour Father/Daughter getaway. In my November 19 blog post, I wrote about a magical tradition called the “Father/Daughter Get away.” The idea is that, as Dad’s we would take our daughters away once a year on some kind of trip. Brittany and I started when she was five and did so most years as she was growing up. We have been on a little hiatus from a formal get away as she made her way through college and then landed a big girl job.

It was time to end the drought. We hopped on a plane and made the short 45 minute trip from Burbank to Las Vegas. The main schedule item was to see the Cirque Du Soleil show “O” at the Bellagio. We started our time with lunch at the Hard Rock as “Don’t Stop Believin” was blaring on the house sound system. It doesn’t seem that long ago when Capri Sun juice boxes were the norm. Now, at 24, it is fun to share an adult beverage with Brittany now and then. What better way to kick off our Vegas adventure that with their “signature drink”, the “Hurricane.”

After exploring Las Vegas that day, I did what every good Christian dad would do. I taught Brittany how to play Craps and Roulette! It was so fun to watch her nervously throw her dice and even more fun to watch the pit boss place her winnings in front of her. Later that evening, we made our way to the “O” theatre.

Here’s the part that “….stays in Vegas” except for this blog description found here.  You have all seen that nameless fool sitting in the front row of various shows. During the show, they pull said fool up onto stage and make him dance or something. Yep, you guessed it! I was that fool. The Cirque Du Soleil player grabbed my hand and took me on stage to slow dance with him. But, don’t worry; there probably weren’t more than 3,000 people in the Saturday night show. After the show complete with mild embarrassment by me coupled with extreme entertainment for Brittany, we retreated to the front of the hotel to enjoy the famous fountains.

As we flew home Sunday afternoon, Brittany and I discussed where our next get away would be. She said that her friends can’t believe we do this. She told me that when she told her friends she was going to Vegas with her dad, they all said “what?” “Where?” “With who?” While it seemed natural to me because we have been taking trips together her whole life, I realize that this is not typical behavior for most dads and daughters. She told me that all of her friends said how cool that was.

Flying to Vegas, getting a room, seeing a show and gambling a little was not cheap. However, there is no place I would have rather been last weekend. Taking age appropriate trips with your daughters are a strategic investment which pay huge dividends. Don’t tell me you don’t have the time or money to go away with your daughter. You do! You can take an inexpensive trip or you can spend some coin if you want. The important thing is to do it. Get away with your daughter. She will learn that you value her and that alone will make an enormous impact on her as she grows up.

Today’s take away: Plan a trip with your daughter. Then take the trip. You will hear this from me from time to time on this blog because I believe in it so much.

Drop me a note and let me know what you are doing. I’d love to cheer you on in this.

Have fun!


Alan Smyth

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I have been married to Sharon for 35 years. We have two kids, Brittany (31) and Trevor (26) I am the Executive Director for Saving Innocence. I have a passion for my family and have learned a few things along the way.

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