The things that fathers teach their sons


You really should come over to our house for story time. You’d get a big kick out of it. I sure do.

There’s me, Mommy, who reads the story with inflection and as much fun as I can muster.

And then there’s him, Daddy, who reads the story with the goal of corrupting our little munchkin as much as possible.

Like tonight.

First came “Dr. Seuss’s ABC”, a favorite of both Devin and his parents. So much rhythm in this one. And right off the bat, at letter “A”, Daddy veers away from the script:

“Big A, little A, what begins with A? Aunt Annie’s alligator. A, a, A.”
“Can you say aaaayyy, Devin?” he asks, sounding like Fonzie.
The two-year-old complies with a big “AAAYYYYYYYY!”

Daddy turns the page, but can’t bring himself to leave the land of Arthur Fonzarelli. “Can you say, ‘Sit on it, Webber’?”
Here, Mommy’s eyebrows go up a bit.
Two-year-old: “Sit. It. Webbeh.”

Next up on the docket was “What Shall We Do with the Boo Hoo Baby?” All throughout, Daddy adds in extra commentary about the animals. Some of it insulting, especially to the duck. Then, at the end, when the baby goes to sleep amid all the z-z-z-z-z-z’s, he gives Dev a lesson on how to sound like the Three Stooges. “SNORT! Heebeebeebeebeebeebee!” And the kiddo follows his lead nearly flawlessly.

I can see where this is headed. Nowhere good, you can be sure!

6 thoughts on “The things that fathers teach their sons”

  1. Ha! I’ve said plenty myself. Although I’ve managed to avoid most swear words, I did drop something the other day and said, “Oh, crap!” And, of course, he repeated it right back to me. Little parrot. 🙂

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  3. Love it! One of my best memories is when the boys started to ask to change the end of the stories I was reading they didn’t want the big bad wolf to land in pot of soup and once started they changed everything. I love childrens imagination and your is getting a great start of that freedom.

  4. Thanks, Coll! Looks like a lot of yummy goodness.

    Marie, you’ve heard some of my hubby stories before, I’m sure. He’s Mr. Humor. Which is nice the majority of the time. 🙂

    Lynne, hi! So good to hear from you. You’re right…their imaginations are just so amazing and fun. You’ll have to send me an update on Logan sometime soon.

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