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Best of Dadding: An Awesome, Bittersweet Week

Two minimum school days.

I’ll never get used to those.

The kid is in kindergarten and having a blast and learning so many wonderful new things — her world is expanding like a balloon that can never pop; it’s just insane. But it took awhile for us to get there. In the beginning of the year, when I suddenly had so much time away from her, I sort of wandered the house for a few hours every day, wondering what to do with myself and all that newfound free time. Then we hit a groove and she settled into school just perfectly, and I picked up a ton of gigs to keep myself busy and then all of a sudden here we are, in the smack dab middle of the school year — she’s happy, I’m happy, everything is right with the world.

And then two minimum school days hit. On the one hand, it’s awesome. We finally have the long afternoons to ourselves again. No more rushing from homework to dinner to bedtime. We went on an adventure yesterday and then came home to read on the couch until we both nearly fell asleep. But on the other hand … I have a lot of crap to do, kid. Shouldn’t you be in school?

But here I am, griping about a small, first-world problem. I feel petty for even mentioning it, when there could be soooooooooo much bigger things to fret about. As always, the Dadding crew lends the perfect amount of perspective to the busy week.

So here we go, in this week’s Best of Dadding, I wanted to share newcomer Serge’s amazing and haunting and perspective-finding piece on the aftermath of his family’s house fire. You need to go read this.

But wait! There’s more! Check out Ron’s excellent series on the histories of dads. Talk about perspective. The research here is amazing and eye-opening. Well done, Ron. Well done.

And Jason comes up with the pitch-perfect response to the “mommy wars” and why dads just don’t buy it. Couldn’t agree more.

Then, of course, you have me. If you’d like to see some off-the-wall parental uses for duct tape, check this out.

So there we go. It’s Friday. Football awaits this weekend. School resumes full time. Life returns to normal, somehow. And things will always get better. Thanks for the perspective, Dadding crew. Can’t wait for next week.

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