Sometimes, we do things that don’t make sense; becoming a parent falls squarely in that category.  Financially, it is probably the worst thing you can do (except that tax credit, right? right?).  You spend money on clothes, diapers, education, diapers, toys, extra food, diapers and hundreds of other things that you would never have to buy otherwise.  It limits where you can go, what you can do, and how you spend your time.  It certainly isn’t sanitary.

That being said, becoming a father is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  Now, I will be the first to admit that I would have been happy with waiting a bit longer to have kids.  It was something I wanted to do, but there were other things I wanted to do first.  I wanted to travel abroad with Roni.  I wanted to be able to finish school, and get settled.  I was convinced that there wouldn’t be any way to make ends meet.  However, knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t trade being a dad now for any of those things.

There is something about seeing the Bwun or Jr. for the first time that just filled me with a love that made me want to protect and look after them at any cost.  It is the greatest thing to see the Bwun return that love to me.  I love that when I come home from classes, he calls out “Pa!” right when I open the door (no matter what room he is in).  I love that when I leave, he begins to frantically search for his shoes so he can come too. I love that he will run up to me just to give me a hug.  I love that I can say “where’s my smooch??” and he will come over and give me a kiss on the cheek.  I love that I can tell him that he’s my guy, and he said “yeah. guys.”

Best kids ever? I think so.

Being a parent this past 1 year 8 months and 17 days has taught me more about life than any of those other experiences could have.  Yes, it means we can’t go out whenever we want. Yes, it is pretty much the reason that for 2 years we haven’t seen a movie in the theater.  But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

tl;dr- being a parent is the best!


4 Comments on “Paterfamilias”

  1. mikaroni says:


    (I’m glad you like having kids, because you’re pretty well stuck now.)

  2. This was so sweet and I completely agree with you. I wouldn’t trade my little girls for the world.

  3. Jim Lewis says:

    So now you know what some people will never learn, and that is that the “ROI” with children cannot be measured in dollars.

  4. chase gunnell says:

    I hope you are right!

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