One-Upped By Daddy


Last night my husband and I popped in a DVD of the Halloween episode from the show Freaks and Geeks. In the episode, basically the night gets ruined for everyone in the family and towards the end, the dad deadpans, "Last time I had this much fun I was pinned down in a foxhole by the North Koreans."

I turned to my husband and said, "You're soooo going to be that dad, right?" "Totally," he replied.

Our daughter is 8 months old. I've already heard him tell her to drink her milk because not all babies have as much milk as they want and besides, when he was at SERE he had to kill and eat a snake, so she doesn't know how lucky she is. I repeat, she is 8 months old. I know it will only get more absurd.

I once heard him tell my adult brother to quit griping about how much leg room there is in a minivan because there's way more room than he had in his tank in Iraq, and they were stuck in there for 36 hours during one battle. My brother just trailed off; hard to compete with that, right?

Are any of your husbands "that dad," the one who has no sympathy for any minor discomfort? Heaven help my daughter if she ever complains of being tired, cold, wet, hungry, etc in her life. Dad can always one-up her.

And I am certain that the so-hungry-I-killed-and-ate-a-snake story will come up often...

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