When Is a PracticalDad Working?

Many people nowadays poke fun at the old model of fatherhood, with Dad ensconced on the sofa watching television.  Al Bundy brought it to high art as he inserted his hand into his pants.

And I even bought into it, not watching television as I believed that there was always something else to be done.  And there always will be.  But as the children have aged, it has become the occasional treat to sit with them as they watch something.  Part of being a father is sometimes just having a presence and enjoying the moment with the kids.  In this instance, we’re watching a rerun of Goldfinger.

And after I put down the laptop, I’ll sit here without my hand in my pants.


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