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?”

“Sure!”

And I did! Each and every one of them.

— — —

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.

AAAS Policy Fellow, formerly @UMIACS (specializing in international security), did a PhD on vice presidents, interested in a lot of stuff

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