Kevin became a dad in July 2005 to a scrawny 16-month-old Russian who went by Dima.
It's kinda incredible what a family and food can do for a kid.
I didn't doubt Kevin would be a good father. He'd grown up with dozens of young cousins at all his family gatherings. (One of Kevin's 1st cousins was a ring bearer at our wedding.) He was used to kids. He was used to the chaos of kids. He could take it in stride.
Then there was me... who grew up pretty much an only child without any close-in-age cousins and I'm still all like, share? What is this "share" concept? And WHY ARE YOU TOUCHING MY STUFF. Because growing up, no one touched my stuff.
So yeah. Kevin came into this parenting thing better equipped.
Hey Blue... If you could buy Daddy any present what would you buy him? "A pet bird." Um. OK.Do you really think Daddy wants a bird. He shakes his head with conviction. What should Daddy name his pet bird? "Rio." What if it's a red bird? "He'll paint him blue."
Yes of course. Meanwhile when asked this question Kaden simply said, "New golf stuff like gloves and balls."
So pretty much, with our particular crew, Kevin is over-achieving and showing off at this whole dad thing.
I mean, the guy is bald, and he's got zero shame in posing with his kids next to a Wookiee, the hairest creature on the planet.
Ok, ok...Kevin's not a perfect dad. Holy wow did he make me mad just the other night when we didn't agree on something and sometimes there's a level of laid-back he can take on that, well, clearly God put us together so I can be the one to swing the pendulum back in the direction of anal helipcoptering more attentive parenting.
We learn as we go.
When I asked Blue, what makes daddy happy? He said, "When I behave." So, I said, "Does that ever happen?" And he said, "Yes. I can calm down and play nicely."
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.
Kevin should have his PhD in parenting by the time Blue gets to third grade.
(Meanwhile sensible, non-lying Kaden said that "going out to baseball games or movies or dinner" made Kevin happy.)
A few more of those questions:
What is something Daddy always says to you?
Blue: Elbows off the table.
Kaden Keep your feet square to the plate.
What do you love to do with Daddy?
Blue: Going swimming with him.
Kaden: Playing Putt Putt
What does Daddy like most about me?
Blue: You're pretty and you're nice to him.
Kaden: When you're beautiful, dressed up for church.
How do you know Daddy loves you?
Blue: He always hugs me goodnight.
Kaden: Because he's my dad.
He's their coach, their tutor, and their barber. He's their example of a husband and a provider, a Christian and a missionary.
This dad thing is not for the weak of heart, so my gratitude, love, and respect couldn't be stronger for the man who has mine.
Happy Father's Day, Kevin.