15 Jun

I don’t say it often enough to Mogo, I don’t mention it between work and dinner and bedtime and a little time for ourselves.

Mogo, you are a fantastic father.

Many times as parents we think we need to “do” things to be good parents, that we must be teachers, musicians, artists, chefs, scientists. That every moment can be taught and made valuable. I’m one of those parents, finding a place to insert a little knowledge no matter what.

Some parents are able to ride childhood,  allow it to blossom and bloom through benevolent neglect and a pointed finger directed outside. Some parents will roll on the floor and let their children bounce on them like Tigger’s, until, inevitably, they get hurt while giggling.

Mogo is one of these parents.

He can take them to the park and let them play for an hour when I wouldn’t even make it 15 minutes. He can get down on the floor and play, setting up intricate train arrangements for the resident conductor. He brings home comics for his daughters, explaining the back stories. He makes them hamburgers whenever they ask.

I have sometimes high expectations for all of us, too high. And I forget to remind him how much his daughters eyes glow for him, and how empty this house would be if he was ever gone from it. I forget to remind him how much I love the father in him, how pure and simple this life we lead is, and how I adore it despite myself.

Happy Father’s Day Mogo.

(P.S-Mogo is also the reason that Rosalyn has, for the most part, mastered the potty this week. If that isn’t kick ass fatherhood, nothing is.)

10 Responses to “Pere”

  1. jen June 15, 2008 at 1:33 pm #

    how lucky are you. men, the good men..there is nothing better.

  2. March June 15, 2008 at 5:05 pm #

    a father that potty trains… that is as good as it gets! 🙂

    how exciting that Rosaly is making such quick progress after being reluctant… very exciting indeed.

    he is a good father indeed, the kind of father that we all should have, not a perfect one, but a devoted good father.

  3. sweetsalty kate June 15, 2008 at 7:54 pm #

    beautiful… hi mogo.

    and the potty-training? WOW!

  4. Marcy June 15, 2008 at 8:26 pm #

    Congrats to Ros… and yes, you are blessed, and so is he.

  5. charlotteotter June 16, 2008 at 12:48 am #

    He sounds like a wonderful dad. Oh, and we have the potty thing going at home too, with our three-year-old. The end of nappies is nigh!

  6. Rebecca June 16, 2008 at 8:36 pm #

    He sounds like he’s cut from the same rare cloth as my husband. WE’re lucky.

  7. Bon June 16, 2008 at 8:54 pm #

    yo Mogo, good going.

    a good father is a fine thing, i am discovering. 🙂

  8. thordora June 16, 2008 at 10:19 pm #

    tis a grand thing…. 🙂

  9. Erin June 17, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    He sounds wonderful!

  10. thordora June 17, 2008 at 7:38 pm #

    He really is. I’m lucky. 🙂 Not as lucky as HE is, but hey… 😛

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