I have learned, and am learning, about dads from two important men in my life: my own dad and my husband as he fathers our five-year-old son. These two perspectives allow me the opportunity to observe fatherhood. Based on my observations, here is my A to Z List of Dads.
A Affection dispenser, providing hugs, kisses, high fives, and pats on the back
B Bug catcher and releaser
C Coach, teaching the proper way to hold a golf club or hit a t-ball
D Date for video games, movies, and sporting events
E Expert. There are certain things only dad can do (hooking up the computer or installing a light fixture)
F Fixer who repairs broken toys
G GPS - the human variety
H Helper - math homework, flat bike tires
I Introducer, acquainting a child with a favorite musician, old movie, or sports team
J Joker, one who excels at riddles, silly jokes, and funny faces
K Kid Advocate. A dad will always stand up for his child and protect him.
L Lifter, whether it be heavy packages or children
M Mimic. One who can replicate the voices of Elmo, Mickey Mouse, or a favorite celebrity.
N Nap buddies
O Overseer. The one who has the ultimate responsibility and answers to “Daddy-can- I?” and “Daddy-will-you?”
P Performer. One who utilizes various methods to entertain children.
Q Quiet monitor
R Role model demonstrating how to handle minor annoyances (traffic), inconveniences (backed up sink), and disagreements
S Supporter, encouraging his child to try, and try again
T Transportation provider, a lift on dad’s shoulders or a ride on dad’s back
U Umpire, for settling disputes
V Valentine, always loving his children
W Worker, at his paying job and at home
X Xs and Os provider
Y Yard supervisor, checking that the playground is safe and all children are abiding by rules and playing fairly.
Z Zen Master (unofficially). But one who attempts to maintain calm regardless of surrounding circumstances.