Tonawanda News —
• Things will not go as planned. Roll with it. I can remember one random night during which Penny finally fell asleep after two hours, then was wide awake again at midnight. She would not lay down to save her life. So she and I played on the floor until around 3 a.m., and then she nuzzled into my shoulder on the recliner the rest of the night, randomly hugging me and kissing my cheek throughout the night. The best memories can come from what is not supposed to happen.
• Likewise, every so often you’ll reach your hand into the backseat while driving at their request. And instead of getting the expected drinking cup placed in it, you’ll get a giant booger wiped onto your hand. Kids secrete things.
• Keep hand sanitizer everywhere.
• Don’t worry about the timelines that are set for life events. If your child isn’t walking or eating solid foods when society says they’re supposed to, it does not matter in the least. Rigby’s speech was greatly delayed for a while. But we worked at it. Now, he rivals Morgan Freeman in terms of holding listeners captive when he speaks.
• I just ate a Fruit Roll-Up. And do you know what? It was delicious. I’d forgotten about Fruit Roll-Ups until the kids started asking for us to stock them. Don’t forget that there are subtle advantages to parenthood and to exploit them.
• In the past month, I’ve gone to the Buffalo Zoo, Aquarium of Niagara and Strong Museum of Play. I also ate pizza in the back of my van while watching a drive-in movie and bought a “Tom & Jerry” DVD set “for the kids.” I really can’t overstate the importance of exploiting these advantages to parenthood.