The key ingredient for being an amazing parent… it’s not what you think, or… maybe it is, because it’s all you think about.

I just flew back from Oakland with Andie – having been in town to go to my friend Brady and Carolyn’s wedding – and I was reminded constantly of what a great parent I am.    Man, oh man, I’m a great dad.

From the initial flight where I was running hurriedly through the airport to my gate with Andie hanging precariously from one arm — to my return flight where my pants were falling down as I walked belt-less through the metal detector at security (and only lightly grazed her head against one of the sides) – was I constantly given lavish approval from everyone about what a great dad I was.  Not only could I see the appreciation in their eyes, but people were constantly telling me.

I'm such a great dad, I let her eat bubbles to make a hilarious bubble goatee

This is because I was born with a penis.

There is an amazing double standard, whereby whatever a dad on his own is doing with his young child he is an amazing father.   Michael Chabon’s book, Manhood for Amateurs, has an great anecdote about this involving a Berkeley Grocery Store and gum in his kids hair – so good in fact, whatever I write here will feel like a ripoff.

I’ll just say that on the flight, as a man, I was offered constant help and and attention from not only the staff, but my fellow passengers….  Would this be the case if I had provided the Y chromosome to this deal?   I doubt it.

Ahhh.... they grow up so fast.... to be hipsters, ugh.

Tony Danza was the greatest father alive to little Samantha, there’s no denying that, but I think I’m well on my way to usurping him based solely on the positive feedback I’m given.  Please keep it up society, I need it.  As an aside, Southwest Airlines is the best airline in the world to bring a kid on… and not just because the bags fly free.

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One thought on “The key ingredient for being an amazing parent… it’s not what you think, or… maybe it is, because it’s all you think about.

  1. gary March 7, 2011 at 1:31 pm Reply

    I would have thought the best thing about being a great tall dad flying with a child is that the person in the seat in front of you shows courtesy and respect by not slamming their seat back into your knees.

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