‘GROW UP!’ Yep. I said it. I heard myself say it. Just like the characteristic ‘nose-in-the-air, pickle-in-the-butt’ adult I forever loathed throughout my youth, I spoke these two deflating words and it made me cringe like a sundried tomato. You see, when I first became a father I knew only one thing: I was not going to become like my parents! I was going to stay young and hip, I would keep partying hard and forever be ‘cool’ – I was going to be just like Dude Dad. Well here I am a meagre four years in and I’ve already flaked on most of those promises. To be fair, partying hard sucks when you have to wake up at 5:00am (I used to sneak out of my house to go to parties, now I sneak out of parties to go to my house!) and being ‘cool’ is really hard when you have day-old barf stains on your wrinkled, off white t-shirt. But there is one thing that I’ve managed to hold onto – staying young at heart – and it is, in large part, simply by seeing the world through the eyes of my kids.
After unraveling myself from the horrid experience of telling my 4 year old to ‘grow up’ (what does that even mean?) I decided I needed to have a closer look at my fatherly state. I made a concerted effort to take a careful gander through the eyes of my 4 year old son and find out what makes life so fun and exciting. Whether you’re an artist, an educator, a parent or you just find yourself acting too much like a ‘grown up’ these 5 observations might be able to help you find your way back in time just a little bit (at least in spirit, I can’t do anything for that sagging skin).