Being A Dad Means Playing The Fool

“What do you mean I’m funny? What do you mean, you mean the way I talk? What? …but I’m funny how, I mean funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I’m here to [edit] amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?” – Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas

Yes. I’m a fool dad and I’m here to amuse you. This isn’t to disrespect dads out there.  Oh no!  It’s just that since I’m a dad I’ve played a fool more often than before fatherhood.  See, I find myself doing the silliest things all day, every day.  I’ve made up more songs on the spot than the best writers from the Brill Building.  I speak in enough voices to make Mel Blanc jealous.  And dancing!  Well, it isn’t good but I jump around and boogie all over the place.  And this all doesn’t even count the funny faces, zrbrts, fart noises, and everything else I due on a daily basis.

Ever worn a diaper? On your head?  Um, I have.  Before your imagination gets out of hand let me explain: sometimes when I would change my son I’d need him to smile and giggle rather than squirm around.  So on my head plops a diaper (a new, clean one of course, I’m not that much a fool).  Without fail my son would laugh out loud and I’d get a new diaper on him without much trouble.  I fully expect to use the diaper trick on my daughter.

See, being a dad means taking one for the team.  If I have to jump around and distort my face to keep the kids happy then so be it.  Heck, it’s loads of fun!  Life gets pretty serious at times so it’s nice to let go, be silly, and laugh with the kids.  And really, what sound is better than a child’s laugh?  Not many!

So I’m a fool.  And as long as it makes my kids laugh I’ll be a fool and love it!

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About Glen

Glen is married and the father to four children that he spends the day chasing as a stay-at-home-dad. He took an interest in personal finance when he realized most of his paycheck was going toward credit card bills. Since then he's eliminated his credit card debt and started on a journey towards financial freedom.

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