A long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, there lived a terrible beast. The creature was tall and sinewy, wielding razor sharp claws. It had the agility of a spider monkey, but the stealth of a drunken rhinoceros. The fiend was blessed with piercing blue eyes and silky hair, no doubt a result of fine breeding… but perhaps the most notable features were its incredibly thick, seemingly impenetrable skull, and constant defensive stance. The creature was the American Inobut (pronounced eye-know-butt).
Over my short time as a parent, I’ve noticed something. Parenting is hard. Add in just a dusting of real life problems, and all the sudden it can seem impossible. So if you have younger kids, and you’re struggling, I hope this strikes a chord somewhere.
The work day came to a close. I shut down my PC and started mentally switching from software developer mode, to husband and parent mode.
When I arrived at home I thrust open the door, crossed the threshold, and handed my overcoat to my lovely wife (who was anxiously awaiting my arrival) as she handed me the evening paper. I then tossed my hat lazily, but with perfection, onto the coat rack and slipped into my house shoes. As the intermingling smells of a delicious meal and freshly baked apple pie greeted my nostrils, I heard the pitter patter of little feet and prepared to be tackled by the youngin’s. What a perfect ending to the day!
There comes a day in every child’s life that they must face their fears. For Special K, today is that day.
Several months ago…
The excitement in the air was palpable as Special K suited up in her brand new swimwear. She donned her pink swim cap and reflective goggles, which would surely shave seconds off her time, and she was ready to hop into… the car.
Many years ago there lived a man, we’ll call him Jake. Now Jake was blessed with many children. One of his sons, Joe, was born very late in Jake’s life. As a result, just like many baby’s of the family, Joe was a bit spoiled.
For Joe, this was awesome. It meant a TV in his room, all the latest GameStation games, and qPod devices... not to mention the latest designer threads. However, what he didn’t realize was that his siblings despised him because of his special treatment.