I can’t improve on last year’s tribute to the CE but mustn’t let the weekend go by without reminding him how much I appreciate his stellar accomplishments as uberDad.Tomorrow, PG and I will fete him at brunch and tell all the usual stories about the kids. The classic ones, like night-owl Tina wailing “Daddy, my eyes are getting heavy!” and Angie’s zingers like “What’s this ugly thing?” upon being presented a gift from family friends. So many wonderful memories!
With just two kids way back when, the CE could still find a moment’s peace to surf, play chess and train for marathons and Ride and Ties.
Then the boys came along and there were no more moments of peace, or, for that matter, sleep. We waited up at night for the girls to come home by curfew and we were up long before dawn with our insomnolent boys. It was all worth it – who would have wanted to miss Daniel with his golden curls or Taylor “jumping off the ‘shair'”?
It was hard work. Really hard work. Seriously, is there anything harder than being a parent? When I think back to some of the challenges we faced, I wonder how we did it. There are so many different ways to be a good father, but if you’re going for bullet points, I think the top three things the CE has brought to the game are these:
1. Leadership: if you’re raising a pack of pups, you need a strong pack leader. Just ask Cesar – “calm and assertive” carries the day. Okay, mostly calm. Calm when he wasn’t twisting his eyebrow over a fender-bender or a “I might not want to go to college” or “Hi Dad, it was only two acres that burned…”
2. Priorities: Family came first, always.
3. Humor: when it comes to raising kids, you just have to laugh or else you’ll have to cry.
And just about the time you have no hair left to tear out on account of the shenanigans those kids pull, time goes into warp speed, they say “see ya” and the house gets Very Quiet. This, of course, is why God created grandkids. Thanks to Tina, John and the girls for coming up last weekend for an early Father’s Day visit:
Happy Dad’s Day, CE and congrats on a job outstandingly well done – in my book, you’re always Father of the Year!