As is chronicled in this blog (that as of Sept. 6 has now been cluttering up a corner of the internet for an entire year), I have some ladies in my life. Three of them residing inside our humble abode (maybe more but its hard to tell with fish). There is not a place in my house that I can go where I am not within arm’s reach of at least 3 ponytail holders. That being said, they all seem to vanish when we needed to be out the door five minutes ago. I wouldn’t trade being the only Y chromosome in this house for the world but it can present some interesting challenges. The hair and shoe wars have already begun and sometimes I can get caught in the cross-fire. It isn’t that I don’t want to help. I have offered to do the girl’s hair on a number of occasions but my beautiful wife prefers that they not look like hobo children.
They may be getting older and bigger, but they are still my little girls and dad’s have a way of seeing past the tantrum and fall sucker to their innocent requests. It’s not that I always want to play the “good cop” but often it is the only role left. Sadly, that isn’t because my wife likes to play “bad cop” but rather because I am predictable and my past performances of being a push over are already becoming evident.
I’m not saying I let the women in my house manipulate me, it’s just that most of the time, the women in my house manipulate me. The sad thing is, right now they are too young to even mask their intentions. I see right through them and still cave in. For example, last week, our soon to be two-year old came up to me at bedtime and said “daddy, I lay in your big bed so you can snuggle me?” I knew it was bed time, I knew the importance of her sleeping in her bed. I also knew that one day I would wish with all my heart for her to say something like that, so I folded like a cheap suit and into my bed we went.
That is just one example of many and I feel bad for the future dudes in their lives. Sorry guys, I was helpless against it too. The thing is, the innocence in what they want and the smiles I can create with simple wish granting will probably be gone soon. So for now, within reason, daddy caves in and most of the time when he does, it is totally sweet.
I know what you were thinking reading that first part. This guy is setting a bad precedent. Discipline can be a slippery slope and if he can’t say no to them now, it will only get worse and their requests will only turn more demanding. Don’t go and call child services just yet, I say no plenty. The words no, and be careful, are probably spoken by me more often than any other, even if they do fall on deaf ears from time to time.
Most of the time the requests of my little angels are innocent and pure of heart but I can already sense a twinge of diabolical in each of them. The little one knows how to tilt her head and give me that cutie pie face when all she really wants are fruit snacks, and the oldest knows how to say daaaady with just the right tone and inflection to get my attention before asking me to turn on the Disney channel.
I love my wife and my two daughters more than you can probably imagine but I recognize they outnumber me and it is important that a situation never arises where sides are chosen. I can see them getting smarter. I know that they pay attention and pick up on things that I may not even notice. I am not suggesting that as women they are pre-wired to be resourceful and use highly developed tactics of manipulation to get the things that they want. I am saying that from time to time I have been fooled and in hindsight realized that they knew exactly what they were doing and it was scary smart. I know that it isn’t three against one and my wife recognizes it more often than I do and works to put a stop to it. Without her, I may be in trouble. She notices the subtlety that I am too obtuse to recognize. She is the master. In fact, that is worrisome in its own right. If my girls are paying close enough attention, they will probably, one day, be able to execute ninja moves like the one that took place in my house this week:
Beautiful Wife: I was thinking we should have Thanksgiving at our house this year. It has been a while and everyone had such a good time. My mom still talks about that turkey you made.
(3 days later)
Beautiful Wife: We need a new dining room table.
Did anyone get the number of that bus that just hit me? It was as if she waved her hand across my eyes and Jedi mind tricked me saying “these are not the droids you’re looking for.” I’m not saying she is Yoda (because she hates short jokes) but you have to recognize skill when you see it. I couldn’t be happier or more blessed to share my life with these three amazing women (and possibly above average fish). I love them more than words but when you recognize that you’ve been Jedi mid tricked and the innocence has turned diabolical, it’s totally weak.
I was skeptical when I wrote my first post over a year ago if I would be able to maintain something like this. It has been an enjoying way to tap into a creative side that I let sit covered for too long. This was my wife’s idea and I love her for seeing things in me that I don’t always see myself. I have a pretty ordinary life when looked at from the outside but getting the pleasure of being in it with my 3 beautiful girls is as extraordinary as it gets from my vantage point.
I truly appreciate you all that take time out of your day to wander by and read. The posts may not be coming quite as consistently lately but I assure you that I am still around and have no plans of going anywhere. Thank you all for helping make the last 12 months an awakening of sorts for me, you are the best.