Friday, June 15, 2012

My Dad Was Annoying As I Was Growing Up

My dad is going to read this and he may think to himself  "Damn, my son is a jerk" but growing up my dad was kind of annoying.  More than just a little. A lot!!

Dad, take that as a compliment. Honestly. Let me explain why.

Growing up as a only child I had it both ways. Spoiled and had to work hard for benefits that I would receive from my dad.  Being a Military man, a Army J.A.G. Officer, a college grad, a lawyer, the youngest son in a big family my dad had to have know that what he was doing to me was the right thing to do.  He had to have known that by teaching me the way he did was going to make a difference in my life.

This is what I had to go through.  "Dad, whats 4+4?"  Simple question.  He could have made it simple and given two sets of 4 things and let me count them to get the answer. NO!  He had to give me 8 separate things and show me that there were so many different ways to get to eight.  "Yes Scott, 4+4 does equal 8, but you can get to 8 any number of ways."  That was annoying.  "Scott, you need to mow the grass this way"....Damn, I hated that.  But it made sense.  Nothing was ever simple and easy. It just wasn't.

But as I near the age of 40 and I have four kids of my own, I see that he actually knew what the hell he was doing.  He was actually right just about all of the time.  That was the worst part. As a kid, you don't want your parents to be right.

I am now in the position that he was in all those years ago.  I am having the same discussions, same lectures, same talks about chores, about eating, playing, listening, not listening....all of it. It is the same as it was 30 years ago. And you know what?

I love it.  I love being a dad.  I love trying to be a better dad.

I know I annoy the shit out of my kids.

I just hope that in the future, my kids say the same thing about me..........

"Damn my dad was annoying, but damn he was great."

Kiss the Baby



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