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June 17, 2007


This isn't a real post - but in honor of Father's Day, I wanted to share a brief conversation between my 3-year-old daughter, 6-year-old daughter, and 8-year-old son from yesterday afternoon.

One of the things I love about being a father are the countless opportunities I have to play the role of comedian whenever my kids innocently deliver a good straight line. I feel like Barry Bonds in batting practice sometimes, smashing the softball pitches they serve up deep into the bleachers. (And not unlike Bonds, I probably take waaaayyy too much pride in this ability than is healthy. I never said I was a perfect father - just an entertaining one.)

Anyway, here's the situation: my two daughters were looking at animal pictures together in the living room, while my son was curled up on the sofa with his nose in his own book. And the conversation went like this:

6-year-old: Ooooh, look! It's a tri-antula. That's a giant, hairy spider.

3-year-old: Wow ... a tri-anchla.

8-year-old (looking up): No, that's not right ... it's a tarantula.

6-year-old: Dad?

Me: He's right. It's pronounced "tarantula".

6-year-old: Then what's a tri-antula?

(I mean ... how could I pass on a setup like that? )

Me: It's a spider that can swim, bike, and run.

And with that, I left the room. My daughters were a little bit wide-eyed, but I figured my son could straighten everything out.

Like I said, I'll never claim to be a perfect father. But Happy Father's Day to all the other imperfect ones out there.


angie's pink fuzzy 6/17/07, 4:23 PM  

too cute.

happy father's day!

robtherunner 6/17/07, 6:34 PM  

I don't laugh out lout too often when I am reading blogs, but that was pretty funny. At least for those goofy enough to enjoy such humor.

Downhillnut 6/17/07, 9:20 PM  

LOL! That's a PERFECT dad-answer.

Makita 6/17/07, 9:44 PM  

Happy Father's Day! :)

Thomas 6/18/07, 1:55 AM  

You just made me laugh out loud, in the middle of the office, and I'm supposed to work ...

Amy 6/18/07, 7:09 AM  

Love it! The best part is that they will remember it long after you forget it and will say, "dad, remember when you told us that a..."

Happy Fathers Day!

jeff 6/18/07, 9:16 AM  


i can just picture you delivering that line and the smirk as you walk away.

happy father's day, d!

Jeremy 6/18/07, 10:51 AM  

Too funny! Happy Father's Day.

Bolder 6/18/07, 11:02 AM  

you should have pointed deep over the right field fence before you delivered that line...

Cliff Tam 6/18/07, 1:43 PM  

That's funny..thanks for the laugh.

Deene 6/21/07, 9:55 AM  

cute! happy father's day.

Mia 6/21/07, 7:53 PM  


What's the point of having kids if you can't enjoy a laugh every once in a while, right?! ;)


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