About 13 years ago d and I made the passive aggressive decision to open ourselves up to the chance of procreating. I’m sure the reader can figure out the choice we made. Well the chance turned into a probability of 1 rather quickly.
My Dad Origin Story
June 21, 2015 by un1crom
I was a 26 year old idiot who believed literally “I could move mountains of if I had to.” Yup I said that seriously in an argument back then. So my decision making ability then was as optimistic as it is now only it was further enhanced with nativity and hubris. Nonetheless the die was cast and I was to be a dad. And the learning and appreciation needed to come fast. Fast it came or so I thought.
I distinctly remember the moment d’s water broke. OH SHIT OH SHIT OH SHIT. what do we do?!?! We are generally intelligent beings who faithfully read the curriculum and attend all required classes. But in that moment it was gone. All of it. So of course WE CALLED OUR PARENTS. mine laughed and when they were done they repeated a simple instruction: go to the hospital. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
We got our literal and figurative shit together and did just that. Generally things went as expected. It’s sort of all a haze. I remember that I was not to talk nor point out when a contraction was evident on the seismograph as she “was very well aware of the situation!” It was July 4, 2003. Barry white passed away earlier in the day. I listened to Barry white songs while d came in and out of sleep and pain.
Then came go time. The sun was setting (hey this is my blissful memory so don’t go fucking fact checking). It was time to bring baby Bella into the light and air of Santa Monica. D was so amazing and as the sun faded hell if I didn’t see a purple headed offspring come screaming into the world. These moments are what I’ve called before HI FIDELITY. the streams of data are so intense and the change of state so intense it leaves you transformed and awed. Awed I stood watching them clean that little thing and watch purple turn to pink. And then fireworks shot off in the distance and they handed d the Beautiful Light and we were officially a family of three.
That’s my dad origin story more or less. And I couldn’t have dreamed of one of my more Ill thought out just do it non decisions turning out any more beautiful.
And so here we are today. In less than a month my first procreated turns twelve. Over the years I’ve gone through waves of confusion and disbelief and low confidence that I had or could get things right. I’ve openly questioned what any right any of us have bringing kids into a world so far from being worthy of their existence. And yes the whole last few sentences are some weird cultural and philosophical backdrop that is sort of irrelevant.
Things happen. We happen. I happen to be a dad. And with what happens I must do what I can to make it happen as best I can. My daughters are passed the point where I swaddle and bottle and make it ok with simple gestures. I have not transitioned quickly into going from provider to confider. Just as I started figuring out how to properly feed them they learned logic and peer pressure and emoji. And so now I’m a dude that occasionally can mumble something about relationships or why pot isn’t legal or why reality shows aren’t really reality but what is anyway. I’m still pretty clear on mathematical things so not all is lost on first providership.
And this is why I paint and write and sculpt and generate programs. My kids long ago escape a linear relation to me or the world and I don’t have enough solid dad talk tracks built up. I guess my artistic endeavors and other attempts to express and give back some synthesis of the world are me trying to pass on a little of what I’ve learned. It ain’t easy. It ain’t obvious. It ain’t entitled. It ain’t certain.
Put some same beautiful light on a canvas and get on with it.
Peace and love dads of the world. And moms and kids.