We recently had a new babysitter watch the boys for us on a Friday afternoon. I immediately liked her! But considering my Rolodex of babysitter's is only about three names deep, I think she'd have to show up with a bottle of Jack Daniel's to share with the kids for me not to like her. The boys also seemed to immediately be taken by our new guest, so I left feeling confident they would have a fun day.
I returned home a few hours later to find our new friend playing hide and seek with the kids, which is always preferable to walking in to find both boys eyes glued to Scooby Doo on the television. According to the sitter they had been playing all afternoon, starting with Jackson, my 4-year old deciding he would direct a game of "house." The sitter informed me that he had told her to play the baby while he would play the role of Daddy. After roles were determined it was showtime and what did Daddy do? The sitter laughed as she told me how he immediately walked into the kitchen, grabbed a water bottle, came back in the living room, sat down in the recliner, and let her know that he was having a beer!
I was mortified!! Is drinking beer in the recliner the ultimate role of the "daddy" as our 4-year old see's it? Why couldn't he have said he was going to work? Walking the dog? Hell, he could have pulled out the vacuum and pretended to clean. No not manly but his Dad's role nonetheless. Yes, mortified I was, especially considering this behavior was first witnessed by a complete stranger.
But as always I looked for the bright side, which in this case should be quite obvious... at least he wasn't pretending to be Mommy! If that had been the case there'd have been one less name on the Rolodex list of babysitters as I would likely have been too humiliated to call her back!