Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Daddy's Turn

Last week I was trusted with the task of looking after myself and our son. My wife was away for the week helping out with a family crisis , she is after all the family angel! So I thought I would share some of the experience of a father and son week. If our son was older enough I am sure his side of the story would be fascinating.

1) Wrap up warm. I am always teasing my wife because whenever we leave the house, for a walk in the colder months for example, we cannot leave until our son is wrapped up so much it not only takes ages to leave the house. I wonder if he can move under all the cloths. So one morning last week we were off out to school, via a friend who was helping by taking Henrik to school. This particular morning it was rather chilly, a little snow on the ground, which had fallen during the night. We embarked on our journey on our bikes, but what made our journey particularly hard was not the snow, the freezing temperature, or the potential ice but the wind; it was blowing a gale. However, in my defence, our house is sheltered and I couldn't have known how cold and strong the wind would have been. But after about fifteen minutes Henrik started to show signs of the wind and cold getting the better of him. Actually I think the cold had got to his hands before this point. I had been told, under strict instructions that the super duper Finnish winter gloves weren't to go to school; Henrik had been caught wearing them out on walls etc at school. So this morning he was in the light weight gloves.

So the poor lad was freezing, he was pushing his bike, the wind was too much, and was close to tears with the whole experience. I tried offering comforting words like "we're nearly there" but they didn't seem to have much affect. But like two Arctic explorers battling the elements we made it to our destination. I was later told that half an hour of blanket and a hot chocolate helped warm him up.

2) Eat breakfast, brush teeth and then get dressed for school, the order is very important. Failure to complied may just result in toothpaste all down the school jumper, never a good start to the day. What would the teacher think, probably 'Dads turn'.

3) Don't forget the school bag or the snack. What with getting both of us dressed, in the right order, fed and out of the house, which all in all is quite an achievement, not to forget on time as well then there's the task of not forgetting the school bag and the snack. Day one I can safely say the snack went in the bag, result. But having just shut the front door and we're all ready to cycle off,  " Oh bother" forgot the bag. Not to worry, not a problem I'll just pop in and get it. Day two same deal but this time we're at the bottom of the street, not good. Back we go. Day three, I'm getting wise to this. I'll hang the bag on the front door. But also and what I found quite amusing is that our genius son says, just before we're about to leave, "Dad don't forget my bag". Day four and five we're on a roll, everything is working like a well oiled machine. The getting dressed procedure, the school bag, but both days I left without the snack, and I wasn't going back for that.

4) Keeping the house tidy. The number of times I have come home and it looks like my wife hasn't done any house work, well I shouldn't really admit that. But my goodness, I kept on top of the dishes but as to the rest of the house, oh my.

Towards the end of the week I had our church house group / mid week group. The babysitter came over, if your reading this
Thank you, but I do wonder what she thought. Four days and the house looks liked a bomb had hit the place. It was a bit like when your mum tells you to tidy your room when you were a kid.

Suffice to say we were both very happy to have Mummy back all safe and sound. And yes I did manage to tidy the house before she arrived, after all what are Saturday mornings for.

So Dads it's not as easy as it looks.

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