Being dad – more than just showing up

Rick McGinnis: Being dad – more than just showing up


“Or maybe – and here I start to sound hopeful – it’s a bottoming out, a place where we can all look around, realize how pathetic we sound, and acknowledge that fatherhood isn’t just passing on your taste in cool bands to your kids, or getting to have ice cream in the fridge all the time, at least for a certain small but vocal demographic who can’t believe that they’re someone’s dad. That’s the key to all these books, as summed up in the title of the Jones collection and its predecessor, both of which seem to regard mom and dad from the perspective of a sullen, rebellious teenager – the bitch and the bastard who think they’re in charge.”

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