With the news that we were going to be parents, came joy, paranoia and much advice—most of it unsolicited. I got parenting books, so many good books. But then someone said, “you'll just figure it out as you go”. I remember you taking to that mantra like a duck to water.
From then on (and to my utter dismay), all books on 'how to be a good dad' lay pristine and untouched. After our first son was born, I encouraged you to read to him. You read him Car and Driver magazine. While I insisted on a strict bedtime routine, you insisted that 8pm was the best time to fly him like an airplane.
I taught our sons virtuous lessons. You taught them, as you like to call them "key life lessons". 10 that bubble to the top are:
- “Gangnam style” – should not be attempted... at home or anywhere
- How to always land the most elegant backhand in tennis
- Leaving socks in the hamper is totally optional
- Sunny days are to be spent outside
- Cars have souls
- A strong work ethic pays off
- How not to sing
- All’s well that ends well
- It’s not procrastination, its endurance!
- Bear hugs make everything OK
I may not always agree with your parenting style, but I do agree that you are the most loving dad our kids could ever have. Happy Father's Day!