If you were in my house tonight you would have heard my five-year-old daughter proclaiming at the top of her lungs “Daddy is awesome! He’s the coolest boy I know!” Awwwww Yeeeaaahhhh! Daddy is awesome tonight. What makes dad so awesome, you ask? I got skills — video game skills.
You see, mama is out of town on a family emergency so dad is flyin’ solo through Saturday. So after the taquitos and chocolate milk for dinner (and after homework and piano practice) I loaded my 3, 5, and 7 year old children into the car and it was off to McDonalds for ice cream and some playtime. After that is was off to rent a video game for the ol’ Gamecube. Selection was sparse but we ended up with The Incredibles. When we got home they insisted dad try the game first. After some tinkering I figured how to get Mr. Incredible to run, jump, throw stuff, and beat the stuffing out of those French bad guys. The kids loved it. They were giddy with delight when I learned I could pick up and throw the bad guys too. Some time later, at their continued goading and after bedtime, level one was completed.
I, of course, am awesome. I am the coolest male my kids know. It all goes to show: Little kids love dads with skills.