Today is January 3rd. It is also my daughter’s 3rd birthday. I have been a dad for three years now. To quote Keanu Reeves… “Whoa.”
Not to sound cliché, but every day is an adventure with this little girl. Sure, it might not be adventurous in the same vein as scaling Mount Everest or traversing Serengeti, but it’s an adventure nonetheless. Will we make it to the potty in time? Will I decipher her unique toddler vernacular? Will I be able to endure her choice of television programming?
I am a stay-at-home dad, and I can honestly say that this is the best job that I’ve ever had. Not because every day is “casual Friday” (super casual to be exact), or that chicken nuggets are on the lunch menu whenever I want. It’s not that I am entrusted to teach her the way of the Jedi, or to live long and prosper. What makes it the greatest job that I ever had is that at the end of the day, no matter how difficult it may have been—let’s face it, two and three-year-olds can be real “jerk bosses”—I am honestly rewarded by my efforts just in the way that I get to observe her becoming her own person. And, it’s an amazing person.
As a side note… My daughter shares the same birthday as J.R.R. Tolkien and Dan Harmon, both very creative writers whose work I admire—though on very different ends of the spectrum. Here’s hoping that Jean Louise’s creativity falls somewhere comfortably between the two.