There’s a parental pastime that I’ve enjoyed immensely and one that’s used less often as our kids march through the years. Handing out unreasonable punishments has been…no, come on now! What’s given me so much pleasure, and what I sorely miss is talking to our children in the 3rd person
“Daddy’s home!” “Daddy’s gonna fix it.” “Daddy’s gonna make it better,” and of course, my favorite. “Daddy loves you!”
Speaking in the 3rd person to a child has a way of wrapping you both in an unbreakable bond…a bond that remains and grows stronger long after the tender pastime fades. Perhaps I can blame the school system for teaching them grammar.
Nowadays, you can hear me say, “Daddy’s gonna knock your block off,” to a rambunctious teen. However, I don’t hesitate, once in a while, to swap in a “Daddy” when we say our loving “good nights.”
There is a consolation. Our puppy will always be a child, no matter how old he gets and how much the rapid wag of his tail wanes. I spend a fair amount of time rubbing his head, holding him tight and tossing 3rd person phrases at him as he scurries with excitement…”Daddy’s gonna give you a treat.” “You wanna play with Daddy?” and of course. “Daddy loves you!” He’s such fun.
But even though the times must change…and even though I have a puppy to preserve my silly sentiments…I want our children to know, “Daddy will ALWAYS love you!”