There are silly, goofy dads. Lighthearted dads with incomparable imaginations and bubbly personalities brimming with positivity and unyielding amounts of praise and sunshine and happiness.
I’m not one of them.
Maybe it’s my gruff New England upbringing or the fact that I was raised a pessimistic Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan when the former was cursed and the latter was a joke. But the fact remains, I’m a serious dad. I demand good grades in school and 100% effort in all endeavors and for better or worse, “fun” is probably not a word my kids would associate with me.
But sometimes I wish things were different. I don’t mean changing my personality (because that’s never going to happen), but occasionally I think I need a reminder that life can be pretty sweet if you just slow down and take a taste.
I work full-time at a job I really love. I work a lot — I’m talking being out of the house at least 12 hours a day. I get up at 5:15 am, take a shower, get dressed, and take the dog for a walk. When I get back to the house, I have 20 minutes. Twenty minutes in the pre-dawn darkness to make my lunch, pour myself a bowl of cereal, and prepare for the day. But if I’m being honest, most of the time I wish that predawn stillness weren’t so still.
On my lucky days, that 20 minutes is totally interrupted. I hear the sound of footsteps on the floor upstairs, a door creaks open, and weary feet tromp down the stairs. My oldest turns the corner and gives me a half-awake smile. I grin back, get up, grab him a bowl, a spoon and some milk, and the two of us sit down wordlessly as I pour Will some Very Berry Cheerios.
And for 20 minutes, it’s just me and him. Father and son. Talking and eating some breakfast as we both get ready for the day. It might not be much, but it’s important to take what we can get and find our happiness where we can.
It’s a strange cereal for me to like, which is part of the reason I like it. Normally I’m very bland, but the explosion of berries in just about every bite makes me smile and gets me ready to face the morning. It also reminds me not everything needs to be so serious, and having breakfast with my son is a taste of life to be enjoyed. And as other, cooler dads show, these Cheerios can even be enjoyed in unorthodox places — like a movie theater.
Also, if you need your sweet moments to be gluten free, Very Berry Cheerios have that covered as well. Not to mention, they come in very handy when cheering on the best team in the NFL.
I have partnered with Life of Dad and Cheerios and was compensated for this campaign, but my opinions are my own.