My very first Father's Day is in the books. I have to admit it was a nearly perfect Sunday. We began the day with a nice homemade breakfast. Miraculously the clouds parted, allowing us to go for a nice long stroll. We packed up the baby mobile and ventured out for our family bonding adventure. Before we left though, I installed one of those fun gates designed to keep babies out of unwelcoming area such as our dining room. I felt like such a man with all my tools, nuts, and screws. With the gate properly installed, now all I need to do is housebreak Baby Singe.
Halfway through our walk we made an impromptu pit stop at the beach so our little girl could put her feet in chilly Lake Washington. She had a really good time watching the other kids, watching the duck and duckling, and was blinded by the many pasty white appendages. It was finally warm enough for me to get a sunburn on my arms. On our way back to our house, we stopped at the local Italian joint and got some yummy food.
The rest of the day was spent performing other manly duties like mowing the lawn, weeding, and grilling for my friends. My buddy and his girlfriend made a quick detour on their way to Portland, Oregon. We cooked up some tasty food and had good discussions about life, college, dating, kids, Priuses, home ownership, and our days of innocence.
Being a dad is fun. Without a doubt there have been some tough times, but those seem like blips on the radar and make you appreciate the good ones so much more. Speaking of parenting, my wife and I consider ourselves to be "co-parents" or at least that's what some article called it when mom & dad split the duties evenly. Huh, I wouldn't think you'd need a term for something so obvious. There's one little task I still don't like doing, the clipping of the fingernails. Otherwise, I'm golden.
…and after 7.5 years working for Starbucks, today is my wife's final day on the coffee giant's payroll. The transition between jobs will be interesting. I just received my wife's farewell email to coworkers and it made me tear up a speck.