It’s Father’s Day here in the US and I thought I’d give a quick shout out to Dads as well as revive a popular post from many years past. This post is the prime example of how dads doing their thing can bring both practical and entertaining results. Especially when it comes to children’s fashion. 😉
First of all, a shout out to my own Dad who sat through multiple dance recitals over the years, drove miles and miles in a station wagon taking us on road trips where we weren’t always cheerful, took us to visit elderly widows in our neighborhood, and taught me how to ski, play tennis, and cheer hard for our favorite sports teams. Here we are circa 1979. Love the hair and those plaid pants
Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s a great thing that men and women don’t always think alike. About 12 years ago when our kids were still pretty little, I had an event I really wanted to attend. Luckily for me it was right by my husband’s office so he offered to take our little boys during his lunch break so I could go. When I returned to the car afterwards, I found my almost-4-yr-old wearing a new outfit:
Turns out he got so excited about having lunch with Dad he didn’t want to tell him when he needed to get to the bathroom and had a little overflow issue. At first my husband wasn’t sure what to do because I had neglected to bring along any back-up pants. (Doh.)
So he came up with this wardrobe option to get them through the rest of lunch, give me time to finish my thing, and get us back home again. I don’t think I would have come-up with it in a thousand years. But it totally worked. A perfect solution.
Due to popular demand after sharing that experience, he agreed to write a helpful tutorial so that you too, can replicate this look, making upcycled children’s clothing from plastic take-out bags. Think of the myriad of possibilities when this look would come in handy. Perhaps this tutorial will be useful enough to hit the big time. We await a call from Martha Stewart any day now. Let’s give him a warm welcome:
Hi Amy’s blog friends. I’m flattered and grateful for all your positive comments about my solution for our boy’s accident at lunch one day. I was surprised by Amy and many of you writing that you wouldn’t have thought of it. So I will take Amy up on her invitation to write a tutorial how to do so. And thanks so much for all the nice comments and support you give Amy!
1. Get little boy into bathroom and clean him up while keeping 1-year-old from touching the urinal. After failing at the second part, wash his hands really well and never tell his mom that happened (until writing blog tutorial years later).
2. Contemplate putting 3-yr-old’s wet pants back on, but decline because that would be uncomfortable for him. Contemplate letting him go pants-free, but decline because of what his mom will say and for the sake of everyone else in the restaurant.
3. Never consider for one second what the other moms in the fast-food place might be thinking about your parenting abilities.
4. Look around bathroom for anything that could help. Attempt weaving a paper-towel lava lava or kilt. Fail.
5. Poke head out of bathroom and look around for other materials. Tell 3-yr-old to stay put while you carry 1-yr-old and grab take-out bag.
6. When 3-yr-old refuses to let you tie bag around his waist, poke holes in the bottom and rebrand it as cool “overalls” like workmen wear. Breathe sigh of relief when he accepts the idea.
7. Let boys continue to run around circular booth in fast-food joint until mom’s event ends.
8. Embrace any perceived judgment or derision from any of the other moms there.
9. Eagerly anticipate emailing your guy friends the photo of your son wearing a plastic bag as overalls.
10. When 3-yr-old demands to go visit your office, decline because the bag is a little bit see-through and his mom would be mortified.
11. Hold firm when he throws a tantrum and insists, “Put some black tape over my private part like on America’s Funniest Home Videos!”, even though that it is an impressive argument.
12. Present him with pride when his mom arrives to pick him up.
And there you have it in 12 easy steps.
Good job, Dad. I’m so glad you’re my partner in this crazy adventure called parenthood. (Picture circa 2007. Man those kids are cute, but those years were tiring!) ❤