A lot of different things go through your mind when you’re in line at the DMV to get your oldest child his driving permit. That may be in part because, if your Department of Motor Vehicles is anything like ours, you have quite a bit of time on your hands to reflect and ponder your life … analyze better ways to run the DMV … and perhaps even write the Great American Novel, all while you wait.
Parenthood is the hardest job you’ll ever love. That’s what parents say, anyway. They never tell you that it’s really hard to quit, too.
Oh, I suppose there are parents who do—some who throw their hands up in the air and say, “I’m outta here.” But for anyone who takes precious time out of their day to read a blog dedicated to fatherhood, I’m guessing the ratio of parental quitters here is pretty low. We take our jobs as dads pretty seriously.
What makes a great family vacation?
Jim Gaffigan, comedian, describes his family vacation like this:
When you were a kid and you would go on vacation and you would be like, ‘why is dad always in a bad mood’…now I understand, ‘how can I spend an enormous amount of money, be uncomfortable, and listen to my children complain and whine…’
Honestly, that would probably describe me. It usually takes me a few days to unwind from the stress of work and schedules.