Who else but a dad would pick up a small child, swing them up in the air to impossible heights—and oh-so-close to the ceiling fan—and catch the cackling kid dramatically while mom has a heart attack from watching the scene?
No one. There are just some things only a daddy can do. And that’s the way it should be.
The looks of bewilderment/horror some dads have when they have to put Ruffle Butt tights on their little girl for the first time; having tea parties complete with tiaras; and even attempting two ponytails. Or playing cars on the floor complete with spitty-sounding car noises; wrestling and tickling until everyone is breathless; and getting the hang of tying a good Windsor knot are cherished memories for both parents and kids.
For my dad’s first Father’s Day, I gave him a T-shirt with a saying on it. He “programmed” me to tell everyone that the shirt said, “All little girls should be nice and quiet.” But really it said, “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a daddy.”
Happy Father’s Day, fellas! Enjoy your day.
– Rebecca Calappi, Publications Coordinator at Beaumont Health System and adoptive parent of multiples