A while ago, I got a book that I’ve been reading as we go along our magical adventure to Squatchland. It’s called The Expectant Father, which I’ve seen several people in the Bloggy-verse talk about before, so it’s nothing new. There don’t seem to be a whole lot of decent dad-to-be books out there, and this one’s at least decent. I recently started reading the “Month 5” chapter, since that’s about where Squatch is at on the cooking scale.
In this chapter, the author starts talking about pie charts. He says it might be helpful to do one where you divide up, according to importance, your different identities as a man. Another one is to show the importance you place on different fatherhood roles—reliable presence, breadwinner, coach, co-parent, reluctant father, blah, blah, blah.
That’s not how we do things around here. I did kinda like the pie chart idea, but I wanted to do one my way. It could be interesting to look at the different influences I might have in the type of father I become. And like in any person’s development, family can only account for so much. So where do the influences come into play that shape how I’ll be with Squatch? [Notes] Let’s have a look-see:
Some of those are fathers, some are father figures, and some aren’t, but they’ll be influences nonetheless. I’m sure I probably missed some in there. I always do.
I’m also sure it’ll change. Probably by the time Squatch gets here, and definitely a bunch more after. If I were a Star Wars fan, it’s probably a guarantee that chart would look a whole lot different.
That’s a thing, right? Meh—we’ll make it a thing for today.
Today, we went over to the photo studio at Karli’s office and took some 20-week shots. She’s beautiful—as always—and has graciously approved some outtakes for the blog.
Notes: For those of you who don’t know who the heck some of these people are.
Cliff Huxtable—The Cosby Show
Maxwell Smart—Get Smart
Splinter—Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Danny Tanner—Full House
Henry Warnimont—Punky Brewster
Roger Murtaugh—Lethal Weapon
Vito Corleone—The Godfather
Atticus Finch—To Kill a Mockingbird
The Wild Things—Where the Wild Things Are
Earl Grayson—Maniac Magee
Willy Wonka—Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Huck Finn—The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Wolverine—You’re dead to me