Monday, 6 July 2009

Giving a Bit of Credit Where it's Long Overdue

For Father's Day this year we happened to be off by the sea enjoying some sunshine on our family Summer holiday.

On Thomas's last day of school before we left Rob wasn't working and so he went to pick him up. I tried to talk him out of it because I knew Thomas would be coming home with some top quality hand crafted card or gift and I had wanted to keep it as a surprise for the big day itself.

But Rob went nonetheless and really I should have just been grateful that someone else was doing the pick up for a change. Because really after the 212th pick up of the academic year the monotony really started to kick in.

Thomas came home with this card.

I knew right away what the drawing was. It couldn't have been more obvious.

It's Rob playing his Xbox. Priceless.
I looked at Rob, he seemed crestfallen, he said with a tinge of sarcasm, 'Oh it gets better!'

So I looked inside and there recorded by his teacher is what in the eyes of Thomas his dad liked doing the most in all the world.

Rob was both gutted and concerned that Thomas's teachers would have a far less than top notch opinion of his fathering prowess.

Behind a chuckle I tried to comfort him by suggesting that it could have been far, far worse.

After all It could have said my dad likes to play Grand Theft Auto or some Zombie killing game.

So should Thomas's teachers ever fill their spare hours randomly googling parents of their pupils for the record I'd just like to say what a fab dad Rob truly is (and that his Xbox generally only enjoys the wonder of electrical power when they kids are fast asleep in bed).

I don't give him nearly enough vocal credit (or probably non vocal credit either) and I don't devote nearly enough blog posts to him (really I should cos the guy has hilariously killer OCD and what's not entertaining about that?).

On Father's Day when he was well within his rights to demand a nap and maybe even breakfast in bed (which I'm pretty sure were my Mother's day demands) he was instead doing this with his two biggest fans.


Plus one things for sure you'd never catch me doing stuff like this with them.

I'm impressed I even went outside to take pictures of it.

Mummy's are for warm, indoor and clean activities only.

Oh and for the record Rob actually didn't even think the Xbox tennis was that special.

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14 lovely comments:

Barbaloot said...

Kids cards are great. My niece once said her mom was as big as the ocean...as if women aren't already concerned about their size!

I think Rob looks like a great dad--and I can't wait to see what a pretty girl you have cuz your boys are both adorable!

EmmaP said...

love it! and what a good daddy!!! :)

Saskia said...

That's so funny!! Kids pick up on the funniest things... my little cousin thought that a wonderfully airbrushed bridal model was me in a magazine (blonde hair & too much lipgloss is obviously what she remembers about me, haha!!) Very flattering that was too!!

Lovely lovely photos of your boys!

Saskia x

PS the Globe is fab - choose a shakspeare comedy and I'm sure your hubby would enjoy it!

TravAndToni said...

What a wonderful daddy!

Melissa said...

that's so cute! kids say the darndest things! :)

what a great daddy! go ROB!!! :)

Claire said...

Well - kids speak the truth. But don't you talk about all the things the kids say about the parents in Primary? It's great.

Krystyn said...

Awww...at least he thought of him, right?

And, definitely the outside stuff is for daddy.

Vashey Fam said...

So funny! Kids are sure painfully honest sometimes!

AMY said...

Daddies have all the fun and get all the glory. They always want David over me - not fair since I'm the one that really puts up with them!

Lovely post. Send me your number so I can phone you before the "bab" comes!

Susan said...

What a good daddy and how nice of you to highlight his best features.
I can't wait to see what Austin comes home with next year when he starts preschool. I am sure his daddy's phone will be somewhere in his picture, but I must be careful because my card may include a computer or camera.

Jen said...

I totally agree about the whole warm, indoor, clean activities thing. It is the truth!

I know I don't give my husband enough credit. Great post!

Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

I think the best part of being a preschool teacher is asking questions about the parents and seeing what kind of crazy responses you get back from the kids!

And I don't do outdoorsy stuff with my kids either....if there's snow on the ground they know they need to call Daddy because Mommy likes to be warm!

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

Looks like you are blogging about as often as I am these days...haha!

Love this post! What a crack-up. I don't mind the outdoor activities when it's warm...but winter time is a whole different ball game! Thank goodness for dads!

the rogers blog said...

Its been ages since I checked out your blog but this one about Rob nearly made me cry. I miss Bob!