Dear Swee’Pea and TheMonk,
One of the things that most surprises me about being your father is how much I have learned from you both. As your father I thought it was my responsibility to teach you but, rather, you have often taught me about life. You have reminded me of the special magic that is created when sharing something with someone you love. You have reminded me that power of laughter and the wonder that exists at the eye level of a toddler. You have reminded me how discovering new things is still a wonder – even when you’re old and jaded like me. Yes, you have taught me so much.
But I gotta tell you. For all that you have taught me, my little ones, you absolutely suck at “hide and seek.”
Tonight we played our first all out “hide and seek” game and while I don’t like to brag, I kicked your little toddler butts. And while you may have taught me so much in the last few years, your old man proved tonight that he can still teach you a thing or two.
Like when you ask me to count and then stand by giggling? Hello?! I can totally hear you!
Or when you go hide and scream to each other where you think you should hide? I can STILL hear you!
Hiding under the covers is a great idea and I totally give you credit for that, but for it to work you have to lie still. Flopping around like a fish out of water is kind of a giveaway.
Oh, and just because you can’t see me? Doesn’t mean that I can’t see you. Hiding your head under the pillows with your little booty poking out, waving back and forth as you squirm in anticipation, is not going to cut it. I may be dumb but I’m not blind.
And finally, when you run through the house screaming, “DADDY! WHERE ARE YOU?!!!” because you can’t find me hiding behind the shower curtain in your bathroom, don’t expect me to just shout out, “Here I am!” No, you found out the hard way that I will scare the bejeebus out of you when you least expect it. It’s for your own good, really.
So, you might teach me a thing or two about life but every now and then I get to teach you a thing or two as well.
You learned tonight that if you want to beat Daddy at a game of hide and seek, you better bring your “A” game.
Just call me The Bus Driver. Because I took you to school.