09 Jun TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG!
Posted at 02:28h in News and Updates
To be honest, I’m not even sure how to begin – I’ve been spilling out my fatherly angst in poems for years now, trying to find humor in the everyday survival of child raising. I believe there are plenty of other parents out there like me, who feel like they’re living in a sitcom – wondering when the laugh-track is suddenly going to kick in as they wash yogurt off the front porch and pick dirty socks out of the trees(that happened just this week). Do I read blogs? Not a lot. Do I have time? Not really. Am I doing this right? Probably not. But here goes…
I guess I should mention a little about myself here. I’ve been working at home for about 15 years now. I wanted to have more “normal” hours when we had kids. I was also hoping to write an awesome screenplay or two, since I actually work in the entertainment industry. (movie/tv advertising to be exact) But I only had about a year before kid #1 was born – and since that point, nothing has been as expected. I knew I wouldn’t get sleep… but I didn’t realize how little. I knew it would be challenging… but I didn’t realize how challenging. Life moved from big dreams of Hollywood success to the battle of daily survival. SLEEP WAS KING! My first son never slept for more than 4 hours at a time, and my 2nd son – who came 20 months later – didn’t sleep much better. Anything beyond the “real” work and child-rearing was pretty much side-lined.
Sometime, a few years into this whole Dad thing, my wife grew sick of me whining about lack of time and sleep and dreams, and pointed out I should probably plug it into something worthwhile. And thus the poetry… It was silly. It was therapeutic. And most especially, it was fun turning my real-life angst into something humorous and productive. My first poem was “Ode to the Plungerman” – after having to plunging the toilet for the 3rd time in a week. For some reason, Mom never does the toilet plunging. Or am I the only sucker?
Honestly, I could probably fill pages and pages with fatherly angst… and I’m sure many parents out there could too. Is it a great source for inspired poetry? I think so. And a blog seems like a great place to share the experience in a more immediate setting too. I’m actually looking forward to it and I’m hoping someone, anyone, will tag along to share this journey. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. A lot of people have written about the challenges of kids, and sleep, and behavior, but what I’ve discovered is that there is never a “right” answer. What works one day, doesn’t seem to work the next. WHY IS THAT?? The best way to handle everything is to just learn to laugh. Frankly, I know it isn’t easy – especially me. Try laughing when a leaky diaper gets poop on your clothes, and your car, and your computer bag (you can almost cue the laugh-track – except its not a sitcom, its you!) Oh, and I guess it would be cool to sell this book of poetry too. (they’ll be plenty more about that later)
Finally, I promise it won’t all be about plunging toilets. (for the record, I haven’t had to plunge a toilet in at least 2 weeks!)
Thanks for reading.