Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby

Over the past two weeks I have spent a lot of time at the parks with friends and have made a few observations. Theme parks are a very interesting place to people watch..you see people from every walk of life at every stage of their lives enjoying this incredible place.

The most interesting observation that I have made over the past few weeks was that when men become fathers they gain some sort of ridiculous, super-hero type strength. I watched dozens of men pick up their children with reckless abandon and toss them around like rag dolls while their children giggled with glee. I also saw a man pick up his child and hold him like a tray of drinks underneath the sign for Splash Mountain for a photo op. It was like the kid weighed 2 lbs!

I wonder how men can do this? What is it in their genetic makeup that gives them the strenght? At what point do they get comfortable enough with their children to know that they won't hurt them? When children are first born their fathers are so concerned with hurting them but when the kids reach a certian age the fathers really start to shine and bond with their children.

What do you think?

"A woman becomes a mother when she's pregnant, a man becomes a father when he sees the baby for the first time." ~Juno

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