Father's Day Mayhem

Monday, June 18, 2007

All in all, Fathers Day was a success this year. We went down to Greenfield Village. Smitty Jr., my 2-year-old son, got to "ride da biiiiiiig train" and "ride da go-'round (carousel)," as well as see a wide variety of barnyard animals and imitate their sounds quite loudly. Father's Day, when you have a 2-year-old, is not so much about you as it is about you enjoying your kid. Riding the train was Serious Business, and Jr. had his Game Face on. So impressed was he that he got to see a train and ride the train that he couldn't trifle with overjoyed parents and grandparents. Oh no. He was not to be bothered as he took in the sights and sounds. He was Too Cool for big huge grins and instead tried hard to adopt a Serious But Nonchalant attitude about the whole thing. Of course, his act was ruined by the bell and whistle, which ellicited the grin his parents were looking for.

The carousel was also Big Fun. He didn't want to ride a carousel horse or tiger. No. Smitty Jr. insisted upon riding the carousel Chicken. He was at the height of pride, chest forward, back straight, Serious But Nonchalant in full-effect. But as soon as the ride started around and the chicken moved up and down, with the grandparents waving like lunatics every time he passed by, again The Game Face was shattered by an ear-to-ear grin.

With all the excitement, you'd have thought he would have crashed during the hour and fifteen minute ride home. But no. He told us again and again, in toddler detail, about the train, its noises, venting steam, the chicken and other assorted memories. If nothing else, that made for a wonderful Father's Day.

An added bonus: Mrs. Smitty cooked an amazing pork rollatini over a satueed endive and pancetta salad for dinner. Mmmmmm....

The only thing I didn't get to do was brew. I bought the ingredients, and will actually do the brewing this weekend. I am brewing a Belgian Dubbel, but am adding some Traverse City Cherry Juice to the brew for a Cherry Dubbel. Recipe and comments later when I actually do the brew.

How was your Father's Day? I bet it was nothing like this guy's.


Bob 11:58 AM  

Father's and Mother's day - what is that?

A point of conflict since my daughter arrived home, has been the lack of a mother's day and father's day for the newest parents : Mrs. Bob and I.

Seems grandparents have yet to figure out that we too are now indeed parents and also desire some special time with the little one.

I cannot recall visiting grandparents on mothers and fathers day, but it seems since I was a kid, that someone passed an ordinance or something that says everyone in your family who ever had kids takes precedent over the youngest of parents.

Next year, the grandparents may get boycotted.

Smitty 12:56 PM  

I hear you Bob. On one hand, it's great having very local, very willing and very free babysitters. OTOH, as young parents, we are absorbed instead of recognized.

Bob 1:35 PM  

, "OTOH, as young parents, we are absorbed instead of recognized."

Kinda like:

"Prepare to be assimilated. We will add your biological and technological distinctives to our own. You will adapt to service us. Resistance is futile."

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