I have often joked that if Hollywood made a movie about my life, the actor that would play me would be whoever is best at walking around the house turning off lights and forgetting to put a new trash bag in the can. It’s funny how paying an electric bill can turn you into your own father. I used to always wonder what the big deal was during the summer when he would yell at us to SHUT THE DOOR! Now any time a door is open for more than 4 seconds it just looks like a $10 bill waving goodbye. So I get it dad. It took me a while but I totally get it.
I also get that sometimes you need to let your kid help with a home repair project even if all you let them do is hold the flashlight and sigh when the space in the cabinet under the sink goes dim right as you get a grip on the part of the disposal you were working on just to see your kid shining the flashlight into their mouth to see if it will come out of their ears and nose. Sometimes being a dad means you have to take your daughter into a public bathroom and answer questions about the urinal or suck it up and smile while you fork over $18 for a bag of popcorn at the circus. Other times being a dad means you have to tell them no when they want to put lip stick on the dog or bring the fish with us to the grocery store, “can’t we just put them in a bag like when we brought them home from the pet store?”
For me, being a dad of daughters means that sometimes I have to ease out of my comfort zone and play “bad cop” even when they act like not letting them push the button on something just ruined their entire life. It also means helping find missing shoes and honing my negotiation skills trying to talk my little one into putting down the magic marker. It can be about explaining why you can’t just put down a Popsicle on the table because climbing onto the kitchen counter requires both hands and it can be about threatening to turn the car around and drive home when you are 4 hours into a drive to Disney World and back seat sibling rivalry has reached an apex.
Being a dad can be about cleaning up messes and saying no and checking prices of diapers on Amazon instead of perusing watercraft on boattrader.com. Fatherhood can include all kinds of stuff that I could deem “weak” but guess what? Those kind of problems are like hardly having enough room on your bedroom floor to set up the GI Joe Aircraft carrier. They pale in comparison and are blown away by the awesomeness of fatherhood. The sweet always outweighs the weak. The good guys always win.
You see, being a dad means getting to carry 40 lbs of unadulterated happiness on your shoulders while you feel her ice cream cone drip on your head. It means seeing the magic that only lives inside of a Christmas morning smile. It means getting to be a hero, prince charming, and the guy that can make everything good again.
I’ve been a dad for 7 years and although I didn’t know it when I was a kid hoping to be a baseball player or an archaeologist (I spelled that on the first try by the way), this is what I wanted to be when I grew up. Being a dad means seeing tears dry when you kiss a boo-boo and standing alone in the street yelling “you’re doing it! you’re doing it all by yourself! keep peddling!” It means putting up a tent in the living room or making a pallet of blankets and watching an ordinary Friday turn into the greatest day ever.
I remember when I was a kid that no matter how bad I messed something up or how hard a task seemed, when dad came to help I knew it was going to work out. Now I get to be that guy. The one that in two little pairs of blue eyes, can do no wrong. I know it may only be in the opinions of my kids but I’ve got to tell you, it feels pretty awesome to be awesome. It can be a lot of work and the return on investment may not always translate on a spreadsheet but when the fruit of your labor is rewarded with smiles and cheers and “I love you daddy’s” there isn’t much this planet has to give that is any better.
I don’t do it right all of the time and agree that being a parent can be the hardest thing in the world sometimes but if I had any advice to share with other dad’s out there it would be to not rush past the pay off. Realize that what you do not only matters but it shapes those little people who call you daddy and has a pretty huge impact on the kind of people that they will become. Don’t let fatherhood feel like nothing but a job. Enjoy the pay-off of your labor. Smile with them, laugh with them, put a flashlight into your own mouth and see if it will shine out of your ears and nose. Recognize in the moment that this is what it is about and don’t rush onto the next. Take the time to make a snuggle sandwich and feel how they have the amazing ability to be the ones that make everything all right with you the same way you do for them. Those moments can heal you just like your kisses on scraped knees. Remember them, enjoy them, there is nothing sweeter.
Sure, go ahead and be the bad guy when you need to but remember, you’re not really going to turn the car around and drive all the way home so let those times be the ones you dwell in the least and then remember to slow down and enjoy the part where someone laughs at all of your jokes and somehow even an average guy like you is capable of magic.
Happy Father’s Day.
August 30th, 2013 at 7:24 pm
This made me cry!
August 30th, 2013 at 8:18 pm
Wow, thanks so much for reading it.
July 8th, 2013 at 11:57 am
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June 20th, 2013 at 9:30 pm
I clicked the follow button after reading three lines…and then continued to read 8 more posts. They’re all absolutely hilarious and well written(: Your daughters are precious! Can’t wait to read more(:
June 20th, 2013 at 9:55 pm
Wow, I am flattered thanks so much for reading!
June 18th, 2013 at 10:36 pm
Want to know how effectively you are writing? I read this post and clicked “follow” even before I commented here – and I don’t even have any children of my own! Thoroughly enjoyed this, look forward to browsing through some more. Thank you for brightening up my day!
June 19th, 2013 at 10:08 am
Wow, thanks so much for reading and following. I really appreciate it.
June 15th, 2013 at 3:28 pm
You ARE a lucky guy and those 2 princesses are pretty awesome too.
June 16th, 2013 at 8:52 am
I am absolutely lucky. Thanks so much for reading.
June 15th, 2013 at 11:05 am
hilarious!!!! Great post. Ice cream drips, flashlight snafus and all else. Loved it. Enjoy your fathers day weekend.
June 16th, 2013 at 8:52 am
Thanks so much!
June 15th, 2013 at 8:37 am
You have a real talent for putting certain common subconscious feelings into words so that the reader thinks you are writing about his/her life. Especially the part about always forgetting to put the new garbage bag in the trash can…are you sure you don’t know my husband?
June 15th, 2013 at 9:12 am
Thanks Lisa I think we were in the same husband training class where they taught us that move.
June 15th, 2013 at 12:37 am
Here I was thinking it was a birthday post. Our Fathers day is not til September, so I wasn’t thinking of it. You are a great dad if those smiles are anything to go by. Have a great day ! 🙂
June 15th, 2013 at 9:12 am
Thanks so much Jennifer.
June 14th, 2013 at 11:30 pm
I loved this! So fun and appropriate for Fathers Day. I reblogged it – that’s how much I loved it! Hope you don’t mind? What a great dad you are! Lucky girls. 🙂
June 15th, 2013 at 12:04 am
Wow thanks so much! I don’t mind one bit, I’m flattered you would share.
June 14th, 2013 at 11:27 pm
Reblogged this on Ladysmith Resources Centre Association and commented:
I hope you enjoy this post as much as I did! Reposting from “Sweetandweak”. Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there.
June 14th, 2013 at 5:23 pm
this is a beautiful and loving explanation of what being a dad really is. those are beautiful girls that you are the dad to as well, )
June 14th, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Thank you so much! I am one lucky dad for sure.
June 14th, 2013 at 3:53 pm
Your girls are so beautiful, Simon. And they are lucky to have such a great guy for a dad. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks for making me cry at work.
June 14th, 2013 at 3:59 pm
BOOM tears!! haha, kidding and thanks so much Maggie.
June 14th, 2013 at 3:38 pm
Simon your girls are adorable. I hope they will someday realize how lucky they were that you are their Daddy. Enjoy your Father’s Day.
June 14th, 2013 at 3:48 pm
Thanks so much Michelle, I appreciate it and trust me, I am the lucky one.
June 14th, 2013 at 2:46 pm
What a lovely post for Father’s Day, Simon! Enjoy the day — you deserve it.
June 14th, 2013 at 2:53 pm
Thanks so much Laurie, have a great weekend!
June 14th, 2013 at 2:22 pm
That’s a wonderful post! I always remember my dad in summer, making “false teeth” for us from watermelon rind after we’d consumed all the pink sweetness. I like to think that my dad gave my sisters and me a life without limits – in a really good way. Enjoy being a dad – and thanks for sharing your story. Happy Father’s Day!
June 14th, 2013 at 2:24 pm
Thanks so much for reading. I am a big fan of watermelon rind teeth and orange wedge mouth. Thanks for sharing those memories!
June 14th, 2013 at 1:39 pm
Great post! You remind me of my dad who would tirelessly take us on bike rides, was always the first down the toboggan hill and shook us in our beds at bedtime pretending we were all in an earth quake. Having a dad that enjoys the awesome moments makes a childhood magical!
June 14th, 2013 at 1:51 pm
Thanks so much for reading. I am trying to always remember to savor those moments!
June 14th, 2013 at 12:40 pm
Republicou isso em perfectirony.