Daddin': The Verb of Being a Dad
Inspired by the book, by Dion McInnis
This blog continues my writings (poetry, stories and musings) that have occupied much of my life, i.e., words about being dad. Except now, I am also a grandpa. In September 2010 the book came out, and two days later my granddaughter was born.
Daddin’ is a book of moments…the moments that describe and illuminate the verbs of fatherhood.In our society, mothers mother. They care for, nurture and love their children in ways that give meaning and understanding to the verb “to mother.” When we talk about a man fathering a child, the intended meaning is usually that theman sired a child. What are the verbs that describe what happens each day for a father? The verb of being a dad is now daddin’. This book blends stories and insights of being son to a father and father to three sons, over the years of havin’, learnin’, listenin’, lovin’, playin’, fishin’, growin’, leavin’ and livin’. Those comprise the verbs and the chapters of thisfather’s view of living and loving the role of dad. This is, at its core, a tribute to my parents and my sons.
From my believe in the verb of being a dad, instead of just the noun, comes presentations and workshops, too. And from this blog comes the continuation of living the verbs.