I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Mine was fine until Devin started to play doctor. (For those of you that don’t know my son wants to be a bus driver, doctor, and teacher – in that order – when he grows up.) First he checked in my mouth and chuckled as he looked at all the hardware that I’ve amassed over the years. Then he looked in my ears, which to his annoyance were clean. Finally he wanted to have a look at the ol’ bod. To do this he “found” my flashlight under the sofa and pointed the slowly dying beam of light down my shirt through the neck hole. Devin then peeked in to see what his light revealed. His assessment was “Daddy, your body doesn’t look so good.” At the time I laughed. Now I’m not sure that it was funny.
Yesterday I was hanging with a bunch of other dads for a film project that we had volunteered to take part in. We were talking and laughing about fatherhood and ridiculing the dad that was only two weeks into his tenure when the producer asked us our ages. I proudly stated mine knowing that I’d be the youngest father of the bunch. The surprising response I got from one of the guys was “Wow! And you look older than all of us!” Then everyone started cosigning. The oldest guy there was 41 and he was complemented on how young he looked. I was already feeling old because earlier my wife and I had gone through old pre-Devin vacation photos. That comment pretty much ruined my day (OK not really but it did stick with me). I think I need to exfoliate.
Dang. That’s hard.
I’m no dad, but I have similar concerns. Growing this thick beard isn’t helping them, but oh well.
Maybe it’s time for a male-makeover? I don’t know how your facial hair is but maybe that’s a good place to start.
we all getting old. i see my face changing a bit. can’t think what it’ll be like in 10 years when i’m 41. wonder if we look in the mirror and see how we feel or see an objective reality called age?… my son and i made a video recently. would love you to see it http://youtube.com/watch?v=UJkWaqpZ07I. black men having fun with their kids. who knew?
LOL! I was mistaken for Lovegirl’s grandmother earlier this year! Not to mention I caught a glimpse of my mom in the mirror Sunday night – only it was me. Aaaargh!
BTW – I tagged you for a 7 things meme – hope you’ll play.
Have a good one – I’m sure you look great!
Ok, I HAD to laugh because I think I’m developing a complex too. And I KNOW I would have been so MAD at that comment.
Ouch. That hurts. If it makes you feel better I got carded buying wine last week.
Oh wait, that doesn’t help you. Made me feel good though!
Please.Those people are freaks. No way you looked older than all of them especially not that 41 year old – they were giving themselves ego boosts. Just cause they’re fellow fathers doesn’t mean they’re automatically nice people! F ’em!
Now, that’s just bad manners for them to say that!
I’m rolling up on my birthday and I think I need some anti-aging cream. UGH!
There is a 18 year age difference between my husband and I…and he’s starting to develop a gut and his face is really showing the stress of his Off the chain real devil of a son (product of bad,neglectful parenting) and it worries me…I wonder if I will start looking old and haggard at 40!
Misery loves comapny, so here’s a bit.
Brushing my teeth the other day, hunched over the sink, my 4 year old say’s “Dad, you need to exercise”.
I too thought it was funny, but now I just think I’m fat.
And That’s Not Funny.
I know the feeling brah. Nothing like have your little girl trying to nurse from your man boobs.
….. Not that anything like that happen to me.