I’m coming to the realization that I’m slowly turning into my Dad.
At Kohl’s with my wife, I was browsing around and actually considered buying a pair of Dockers pants because they looked comfortable and very practical (wrinkle-free!! When did that brilliance happen??) When we eat at a restaurant and my daughter, or any other family member, barely touches their food - I end up eating the rest. And don’t even ask me to tell a joke in a crowd.
It’s like an alien is taking over my body and I don’t know who I am half the time. The next thing you know I’ll be wearing sandals with socks while mowing the lawn, have a beer fridge in the garage, and running into walls.
It was even more apparent this past weekend as I was nagging my daughter about every weird thing she was doing trying to break her horrifying 5-year old bad hygiene habits.
In my defense, I’ve been extremely paranoid about her getting sick since most kids around us seem to have some sort of weird zombie-type virus: the 7-year old next-door sounds like a 50-year old chain smoking man when she usually sounds like a 40-year old chain smoking woman. A friend’s 16-month old got croup and now sounds like she’s a de-barked beagle. And nearly all of my daughter’s school friends look like they need to hook up some Sears wet-dry shop vacs to their noses because they’ve got a constant stream of snot running down their faces that ends dangerously close to their…(gasp) mouth.
I sometimes think to myself, “Wow, kids are really gross. It’s a good thing I was never like that. Ever.”
I’m determined to keep my house free of infections this winter, so I made a list on things my daughter should not be doing and hung it on the refrigerator.
Because everybody knows if it’s hanging on the fridge, it must be really important.
RULES FOR 5-YEAR OLDS AND THEIR FRIENDS.
- Don’t pick your nose.
- Don’t pick your butt.
- Don’t put your fingers in your mouth.
- Don’t put whatever that is you picked up in your nose OR your mouth.
- Don’t put your mouth on the handrail.
- Don’t walk out of the bathroom without washing your hands.
- Don’t wipe anything on Daddy’s stylish Wrinkle-Free® Dockers.