Today was a great snapshot into life with me.
I woke up tired and grumpy. I headed downstairs to zap a piece of quiche for breakfast. Then my day got much, much better. There was only a little bit of wax paper (to cover the quiche) left on the roll. That left me a cardboard tube — a new toy.
When I finished my quiche I used the tube as a trumpet and “played” a bit of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.
Then I went upstairs waving the tube excitedly. MamaGoof saw me and said, “Oh, the wax paper roll. I heard you and was wondering where you got a cardboard tube. I knew it wasn’t from a toilet paper roll.”
“It’s TUBEY! My new friend!” I announced.
“Your son isn’t getting up. Go get him out of bed.” MamaGoof has mastered the art of redirection, it’s a survival skill.
I burst into GoofBoy’s room, took the cardboard tube and played Reveille. Then I jumped on his bed and bonked him on the head.
“Why Dad? Why?”
“It’s TUBEY!” I yelled, “Anyway, get up, you have a field trip today and then a week and a half home from school.”
GoofBoy’s field trip took him downtown. I knew he’d be having lunch at a park just a block and a half from my office. I had planned to surprise him.
But now, I could bonk him on the head with a cardboard tube!
In front of his friends!
Oh happy day!
Several hours later…
Walking to my office from a meeting I ran into GoofBoy and his class on the street. Unplanned. They were surprised. I walked with them to the park and asked about their trip.
A work colleague came by with his puppy (he lives near by and walks his dog over lunch — lucky!) With GoofBoy and his friends distracted by the dog, I got TUBEY out of my bag and bonked GoofBoy on the head a few times.
“Really Dad, have you been planning this all day? Don’t you ever have work to do?”
“Yes and sometimes.”
“Can you hit my friends on the head?”
And I did! Each and every one of them.
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This was not a particularly unusual day for me.
Update: GoofGirl was apprised of the plan that morning. But she did not tell her brother (which I assumed she would). So he really was surprised to see me downtown.
Good OPSEC GoofGirl!
Originally published at forfathersonly.blogspot.com on May 1, 2016.