Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What Makes the Perfect Dad?

The Perfect Dad.

In anticipation of Father's Day, the boys and I talked about "What Makes the Perfect Dad?"

Here's what the boys had to say:

Some Dads can fix anything.  

We don't have one of those Dads.  He has no interest in any activity that involves a tool.  We have two handymen in our lives, and both of them are named "Bob." When we were little we called one of them "Uncle Bob" and the other one "Bob the Builder."

Some Dads love to work in the yard.  

Our Dad gave his lawn mower to Vince the Yard Guy and does not know the difference between grass seed and fertilizer.

Some Dads love to work around the house.  

Not our Dad.  He has no interest in the house unless he is getting it ready for a party, and then he is the "Captain of Fun."  He does put Christmas lights up every year, but my Mom is trying to discourage that since most years the lights stay up until the spring and then Vince the Yard guy needs to cut them out of the bushes and trees.

Some Dads like to cook.  

Nope.  Not our Dad.  Our Dad's kitchen skills are limited to pushing the handle to get the cubed ice that comes out of the refrigerator door that he uses to make his martinis.  Gin, extra dry, straight up, shaken with olives.  When we were toddlers we would entertain the waiters and order his martinis for him.

Some Dads know everything about cars.

Not our Dad.  Gas and a car wash are his limit.  He doesn't do a lot of research when purchasing a new car; he's driven BMWs for the last ten years because there is a BMW dealership next to his office.  That's the only reason.

Some Dads want their kids to be just like them.

Not our Dad.  He wants us to be whatever we want to be as long as we are productive, honest, and kind.

He is the perfect Dad.

He is generous and loving.

He hugs and kisses us every time he sees us.

He makes our family his number one priority.

He never misses a school or sports event.

He is happy when we are happy.

He is the best "reluctant" dog owner you'll ever meet.

He loves pizza, beer, and Philly sports.

He makes us laugh.

He thinks we're the best thing since sliced bread.  If you know him then you've been subjected to endless bragging about everything we've ever done in our lives. He's awful.  We're sorry.

We love him and are grateful for all that he is, and all that he does, but you know what really makes him the perfect Dad?

He loves our Mom.