Being a daddy is a special thing. It is one of the greatest honors and responsibilities ever given to me. I have three great children for which I am so thankful to be their daddy.
But I’ve been doing some thinking about this daddy thing. It hasn’t clicked with me until recently, but being a daddy comes with certain rights and privileges.
Dads, see if you agree with me.
1. I reserve the right to sing any Elvis song that comes on the radio. I may do this loudly if I choose. It does no matter if we are in the van or at Kentucky Fried Chicken. It will happen. Be prepared.
2. I reserve the right to mow the grass wearing shorts and black dress socks. I may not always exercise this right, but I am allowed to do this whenever I choose. As a side note, I will usually also proudly wear flourescent colored ear plugs.
3. I reserve the right to coach all sports that you play. I will think that I am Ed O’Neill, but you will think I am more like Rick Moranis from the movie Little Giants. I will always have a whistle and will also wear a special coaching hat that I believe makes me look like a better coach.
4. I reserve the right to perform magic tricks at any and all of your birthday parties. Yes, I am good at them. No, I will not “wait until next time”.
5. I reserve the right to grow a Magnum P.I.-style moustache for any vacation we may ever take. Yes, it will look silly. But after I put on my 80’s style sunglasses, you’ll love it. Trust me.
6. I reserve the right to speak with your wonderful mother using code-language from TV shows she and I grew up watching. In public, I may at any time say,
“You got it, dude/Have mercy!”
“Did I do that?”
This may or may not include singing theme songs which may or may not always contain the correct lyrics.
7. I reserve the right to play in any alumni football games that my old high school may offer. I’m pretty sure that I’m in just as good of shape as I was then. We’ll see.
8. I reserve the right to do whatever I think is necessary to show you that I love you. Getting to be your daddy is the greatest privilege, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.