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Bonus Time....

Posted by gkuchan on Thursday, April 30, 2009

Three years ago, shortly after my son was born, my wife and I had a long talk and crunched a lot of numbers. Her career was taking off while my was, well to be honest, non existent, and after crunching the numbers we realized that I'd be working to pay for daycare. So we made the decision to have me be a "stay at home Dad". It just made economic sense. So for the past three years or so I have made the most of it, trying to pen a few short stories here and there with the hope than when, shortly my son goes to pre school, I'll be able to spends a few precious hours brushing them up and doing a few rewrites in the vain hope of taking a stagnate career in a new direction. And shortly I'll be loosing my wing-man as he goes off to school like a big boy for the first time. So in appreciation for my long years of service today I was given my bonus. Spent the morning looking for worms and splashing in puddles. Made peanut butter cookies with him before lunch. He made me a card which states "I love you Daddy", at least that's what he tells me it says. We're going to go and have some grilled cheese sandwiches in a minute. Why do I mention this? In times of great economic strife economists state that we redefine what is truly essential, what have become the new necessities? The talking heads are amazed that in the current recession our cell phones are no longer a luxury, that our iPods are helping us make it though. Now don't get me wrong I love my iPod, but time with my son, which to my father and those of previous generations was a luxury, has gloriously become a necessity in my world.

5 comments on “Bonus Time....”

frailin Says:
Thursday, April 30, 2009 @12:08:33 PM

You've done a WONDERFUL thing for your son, Grant.  Wow.  I loved my dad and would have been elated if he could have done for me what YOU did for your son.  The love a son feels from his father is extraordinary.  You've gifted him... the gift of a lifetime.

You're putting a great human being into the world, now.  Find comfort in that. Job well done!

What great values you're showing (and doing).  I'm proud just to know you!


twayneking Says:
Thursday, April 30, 2009 @12:36:21 PM

Women always complain about how hard it is to be a stay at home Mom.  Sometimes I think guys are more suited for it.

Here are my top ten reasons why Men make better stay at home Mom's.

10. We don't get bored (there are 24 hour sports channels)
9.  We don't get depressed (did I mention that there are 24 hour sports channels AND we don't care much for Soap Operas
8.  We actually like getting down on the floor and playing with blocks and plastic Army Men
7.  We make better snacks (grilled cheese and peanut butter cookies vs. carrot sticks and whole wheat rigatoni primavera with spinach and a garlic butter glaze)
6.  We don't care if the vacuum cleaner lines in the carpet are straight.
5.  We know how to do man stuff and think a 10 year old SHOULD have a pocket knife
4.  We don't need to test our sons' "orientation".  There is no doubt in our minds.  This inspires confidence in young men.
3.  All the neighbor kids want to play at your house because you're not a Mama.
2.  You can teach a child how to make rude noises with an assortment of body parts.

and the #1 reason we make better stay at home Moms?

1.  NO PMS !

Gluggy Says:
Thursday, April 30, 2009 @1:44:52 PM

You are so lucky to have what you have with your boy Grant, appreciate and enjoy it for as long as you can mate. You'll have a best friend for life me thinks. cheers Glyn

frailin Says:
Thursday, April 30, 2009 @5:56:34 PM

So Tom... did you run that list by your wife first? 

Just curious.  :)

Viper Says:
Friday, May 1, 2009 @11:19:08 AM

You are blessed, as your son is blessed. Cheers.

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