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Old 05-16-2007, 08:38 PM   #21
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father's day, christmas, valentine's day, easter, mother's day, whatever

all hallmarked teh F out...don't really mean anything.

<----- also not a dad

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Old 05-16-2007, 09:00 PM   #22
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I too was once the guy that hated rugrats and swore to never have kids, but just you all wait and see, the first time for this, and the first time for that, it will all change your mind. I am just taking a stab in the dark, but I am guessing that you all don't have friends with kids either. All I am saying is that kids are great, I used to not think so and now I wouldn't change a thing about my life, wife, or son!

Oh Yeah, I want a grain mill, refractometer and forward sealing faucets

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Old 05-16-2007, 09:11 PM   #23
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Yup.

Never really WANTED to be a dad, but it's absolutely world-changing. I love being with my daughter. I love taking her to the grocery store, or shopping for hardware, or to the beer store (the "grain store," since she *loves* munching on crystal malt).

When I get home, we grab books, we read stories, I sing her the alphabet song, we color, we practice reading words, we play in the backyard... it's just become such a core part of how I view my place in the world, I can't imagine it being any different.

With that said, do I really care that there's a special day designated for Father's Day? Not really - 'cause when she exclaims "DADDY'S HERE!" when I walk in the door, and I see the love for me that she has in her eyes... that's what I need.

I told my wife this once, and it's true. Every night when I put Cassie to bed, and I watched her eyes close, it felt like the first time I fell in love, every night.

Will I be happy if my wife buys me something nice for Father's Day? Sure, as long as it's not cutting too much into the finances. Will I appreciate her cooking me breakfast or getting into my pants that night? Of course!

Do I need anything special on that day? Nah, I'm pretty happy with how most days as a father go, and I know that both my wife and daughter appreciate me.

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Old 05-16-2007, 11:43 PM   #24
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That age rocks Bird. My daughter is currently of the age where anything we say we get as if we're morons. Could be true but still, a little respect please .

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Old 05-17-2007, 12:20 AM   #25
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Yooper....where have you been ALL of my life????

...she was looking for me!



P.S. Yooper, if you are ever in Tas you can come and fire up my chainsaw
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Old 05-17-2007, 01:02 AM   #26
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Nice summary Bird. I've got a 3 yr old boy who I completely adore. Best part of my day is when I pick him up from daycare and he comes running across the room screaming ABBAA (He's part Israeli so Abba means daddy). Funny how life changes when the munchkins enter.

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Old 05-17-2007, 02:48 PM   #27
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That age rocks Bird. My daughter is currently of the age where anything we say we get as if we're morons. Could be true but still, a little respect please .
Circle of life baby.

I have four daughters. One just turned 13...and I'm the biggest dufus that ever lived according to her. (Of course, 2 years ago I was still her hero).

I have three older daughters, all over 21 and just out (or getting out) of college..and all of a sudden, I'm a genious in their eyes. All that mumbo-jumbo I preached to them all those teenage years is really true.

So here's they way I see the father/daughter timeline:

1-6: You're a super hero with unlimited powers and you're 14 feet tall.

7-12: You're her bestest friend in the whole wide world and you're attached at the hip (hardware stores, grocery stores, movie nights in the basement...)

12-18: "I don't mind cuddling up with you and watching our favorite show on Monday night, but do NOT under any circustances let my friends know that you exist...and do not even think about answering that house phone...after all we both know it's for me..."

19-22: Presumed college years - "I need more money...if you love me, you won't let me starve..."

23 - Eternity: "Dad...you were right."
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Hey I'm over 30 and my dad is still my hero.
Thanks guys for giving me ideas on what to do for my better half for fathers day! Keep the good ideas coming!

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My mother always says "it's different when they're yours" too, but my take on it is "yeah, you can't give them back". I'm pretty firm in not wanting kids, as is my fiancee who finds the whole concept of pregnancy incredibly disturbing (her way of describing it is "I refuse to let my body be used as an incubator"). No offense to any happy parents, but it just isn't for me.

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1-6: You're a super hero with unlimited powers and you're 14 feet tall.
Cassie has some foam letters for the bathtub. I stuck the "S" on my chest last night and tried to teach her that I was Superman. Didn't work

If it plays out according to your summary, I can live with that
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