As I mentioned earlier, I went to a HS football game to keep stats tonight. A long-time friend of mine is a coach there, and he asked me to be the stat keeper. Of course I said I would, I just love sports that much. Where the problem arose tonight is that, my kids didn't want me to leave. When I told them I had a game to go to, Denny said "Noooo." Even though he doesn't talk much, he KNOWS that word. He hears it enough, I promise you that. Sydney seemed fine with it, until later that is. I kept in touch with the wife throughout the game by text, and after she told me she was putting the kids to bed, she sent me a text that broke my heart. She said Sydney was having a hard time, and wanted to call me and tell me she loved me. I guess she was crying and kind of breaking down. Well, I called when I had a second, and talked to her and told her I loved her, but she didn't seem calmed. Apparently after that she was on her pretend phone talking to me and telling me how much she liked sitting and watching movies with me, how much she liked sitting at the table coloring with me, and all sorts of stuff. Talk about breaking my heart!
I guess the two of them have grown really attached to me, which is good since I am their father. But, it makes the wife feel bad. She feels like the like me more than her, which is RIDICULOUS!!! She doesn't see how much they ask about her throughout the day, and how when they wake up at night, it's her they ask for. Stacy claims it's because they know at night I sleep like the dead and they have no chance at waking me, but I know that's not it. I think Stacy and I have done a good job of sharing the parenting load, and we each have our roles. Right now, the kids are really attached to me because I am with them almost all of the time, plus I am the Daddy that picks them up and spins them around, tickles them, and makes them laugh. Mommy is the one they go to when they need the soft lovey stuff. We both have roles, even though Stacy and I have somewhat reversed what a lot of people would call traditional. Ever since we have been together she has been the one to deal with the stuff requiring mechanical inclination, and I have handled most of the housework. Now, I am the one who stays at home with the kids. Yeah, that may be sexist to say but it's true. Traditionally men and women have had certain roles in marriage and parenting, and more and more it's being flipped upside down. Stacy and my marriage is just one example, and I think the kids being attached to me is just a byproduct of that.
Or, they just like how I smell! I do have some really good smelling soap that I use, and my deodorant is out of this world awesome! Plus, I've mentioned that I am overweight, so that means I always have snacks around. Included in said snacks is often Keebler Peanut Butter Cup cookies, possibly the most perfect food ever made. I think that may be why they want me around so much.
Okay, it's late and I have to go to bed sometime, so I'll see you soon.
I hope all is well for you, and always remember: It's not the size of the dog in the fight, oh forget it. Good night!