August 25, 2008

He’s the chip, I’m the block

We are at a neighborhood luau on this particular Saturday afternoon.  After an afternoon of balloon-getting, face painting, yummy food eating, and playing with friends, the end of the luau features some very talented Polynesian dancers complete with fire knives.

At the end of the performance, the dancers ask kids to come up to learn how to hula.  Swee’Pea decides she doesn’t want to participate.  TheMonk, on the other hand, after some initial hesitation decides that he too wants to shake what his mama gave him and heads on up with the other 20 or so kids.  I wish I had my camera but this was a camera free afternoon so you’ll just have to take my word for it that TheMonk knows how to get down Polynesian style.  His little hips were all over the place and he was excited to participate.

In fact, he was so excited that when they called up the men in the audience to learn how to hula, TheMonk insisted on going with me.

So, there we were, father and son, sharing a father and son moment.  Some dads take their kids to ball games, some go for bike rides, but TheMonk and I were doing the hula.

And I must admit, I didn’t even pause to think how much of a fool I looked like because I was being foolish with my boy.



  1. No pictures huh? Likely story. :)

    Comment by Issa — August 25, 2008 @ 8:28 am

  2. Forget pictures–that needed video.

    Nothing better than acting like a fool with your kids. License to be a nut!

    Comment by Ed (zoesdad) — August 25, 2008 @ 8:58 am

  3. Sometimes you just have to have a camera free day, I totally understand that.

    Wonder if Sweet Pea thought they were teaching the knife tricks…???

    Comment by mp — August 25, 2008 @ 9:28 am

  4. I don’t know what this story speaks to more… your love for your children or your security in your masculinity and marriage…
    Either way- bravo! You’re a good daddy and a good man! :)

    Comment by Lauren — August 25, 2008 @ 12:41 pm

  5. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

    Comment by Grandmother — August 25, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

  6. Ah! So that’s why you were hula-ing! Sweet!

    When your kids are small, you are happy to do something silly because it makes them happy.

    When they are tweens and teens, you are happy to do something silly because it makes them embarrassed. LoL I get the eye roll and “MOM!! You are embarrassing me!” from my almost 11 yr old and I LOVE it. AND that is why I was doing the hula on Saturday night. LoL

    Comment by Julie — August 25, 2008 @ 5:48 pm

  7. No video = FAIL!

    Comment by Anissa@Hope4Peyton — August 25, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

  8. High five Daddy-O!! Might as well teach them to get over the fear of looking silly in front of people, otherwise you’ll spend a lifetime not doing anything. Kudos to you!

    Hugs & Blessings!

    Comment by MamáChanga — August 25, 2008 @ 10:55 pm

  9. Huh. No pictures. I think you’re full of it. Hula indeed.

    I’ll believe the bit about the kid though.

    Comment by MadWomanMeg — August 25, 2008 @ 11:26 pm

  10. Now I know what to send you for Christmas… father and son hula outfits! ;)

    Comment by Deanna — August 26, 2008 @ 12:37 am

  11. If you can’t be a fool with your son, when can you ever be one? Good on you, Dad.

    Comment by Writer Dad — August 26, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  12. repeat performance please.
    this time memorexed.

    Comment by ali — August 26, 2008 @ 10:33 am

  13. My MIL has been teaching belly dancing for almost 30 years AND she takes care of my boys 3 days a week…can you see where I’m going with this?
    My boys will be belly dancers in no time (whether we like it or not!).

    Comment by selftraining — August 27, 2008 @ 3:41 am

  14. No pics. No proof.

    Hula on!

    Comment by Above Average Joe — August 27, 2008 @ 9:36 am

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