I’m a wee bit cynical about most things. Not the least bit romantic about Valentine’s Day. But you know what? Good Daddies rock. Nothing sexier than a good Daddy. Carrying a diaper bag, changing a diaper, pushing a toddler on a swing, running behind a six-year-old on a bike, supporting the teenager through her first broken heart… good Daddies make the world go round. And they deserve a massive shout out.
To Ross, who can make Baby M smile no matter what, and who’s made sure his kids know all the words to Little Black Submarines.
To Bill, who looks for recipes and homeschool projects on Pinterest. And then, like, cooks!
To Richard, who knows how to talk and listen to his kids. No matter what.
To Carey, who’s so in love with his girls, it makes my heart sing every time I see it. ♥
To Chris, who said he’d never be the dad who posted about “that stuff” on Facebook… but is and owns it. Cause he’s so in love with his son.
To the other Chris, who was clinically the most qualified of us to be a parent… and as it turns out, intuitively and practically rocks at it.
To my third Chris, who’s the most amazing single dad one could ever imagine.
To Steve, who’ll do anything for his boys, even when they destroy all his nice things.
To Tyler, who can’t stop smiling whenever he looks at his beautiful daughter. Even when she’s trying to stab him in the eye with a steak knife…
To Norm, who likes to pretend he’s a tough guy but pampers his boys ever-so-tenderly. And hooks them up with the best hair cuts.
To Barnabas, who makes his boys the best weapons. And sets off firecrackers. And builds insane fires. But worries that they might drown…
To Mark, who builds the best train tracks. And, of course, draws the best cartoons.
To Dave, who adores his little girls so much I already pity their future boyfriends. (And they’re gorgeous, so there will be a lot of those, Dave. Sorry…)
To Kelly, who takes his kids on the best adventures (and makes really great suppers).
To Adam, who hasn’t slept a night through in two and a half years. And knows it’s all worth it.
To Paul, who built a store with a killer play space.
To Ben, who turns off the Blackberry when he’s with his boys.
To Martin, who washes the dishes. Every single night.
To the other Martin, who’s never missed a game or tournament—if at the price of an awful lot of speeding tickets…
To Rob, who’s always made sure his girls know they’re the centre of his universe, no matter what’s going on with other relationships. And who knows the difference between an elf and a fairy.
To Garth, who knows exactly what he needs to do the moment he walks through the front door.
To John, who answers the phone when it’s one of his daughters’ numbers on call display–be it 2 a.m. or the middle of the most important client meeting, because it could be an emergency.
To all the rest of you, who change diapers, wipe snotty noses, fiddle with snow suits, look for lost mittens, run out for milk at 11:45 p.m., get up at 3:15 a.m.–and again at 5 a.m.–push strollers in slush, hold tiny hands when you cross the street, swear when you fiddle with car seats, make mac’n’cheese, PVR Blue’s Clues, take time for bed time, give out goodnight kisses and good morning hugs, and do the other million and ten things that good Daddies need to do.
And most of all, to my Sean. With whom I fall in love, all over again, every time he changes a diaper. Reads a bedtime story. Instals a mod for his Flora. Plays Munchkins, Stratego or Primal Carnage with his Cinder. Takes Ender for a long walk on the hill, even when the weather’s bad. Makes French toast for second breakfast and peanut butter and jam sandwiches for third supper. Builds a train track, fiddles with Mindstorms, or listens to stories of ponies and unicorns. Thank you, my love, for my beautiful children—and for being their most awesomest Daddy.
Ladies—if you’ve got one of these amazing dudes in your life, wear something skanky for his pleasure today. And make sure he enjoys it.
Gentlemen—underwear models, movie stars, super athletes, my ripped 26 year-old boy toy of a personal trainer—cute, gorgeous, symmetrical, whatever. Eye candy’s nice, no question.
But there be absolutely nothing hotter than a good Daddy.
Truth. You’re the stuff dreams–and better yet, the best quotidian moments–are made of.
Add a toast to the good Daddies in your life below. It’s Valentine’s Day. They deserve a shout out.
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