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Learning Contentment

September 19, 2013 by Dad | 3 Comments | Filed in The Things Your Dad Does

As you grow older, you must not take for granted the fact that you are constantly on a learning journey, with your graduation and convocation scheduled to happen only on the day you die – as it still is for me.

Dear Dad – a Daddy Matters Father’s Day Special

May 30, 2013 by Dad | 2 Comments | Filed in The Things Your Dad Does

For Father’s Day, the Daddy Matters Group posted a writing challenge for us to imagine what our kids might really say to us if they were to write a letter to their father. I thought it more fitting to have the letter written here instead of The Blogfather, though I will admit it does veer away somewhat from my usual letters to Xander. Anyway, this is what I imagine Xander might say.

Being Good

April 10, 2013 by Dad | 2 Comments | Filed in The Things Your Dad Does

Dear Xander, I was speaking to a few dads in a sitdown meeting when the topic of our children’s future came up. It was a complicated and heavy discussion, delving into such sub-topics such as our local government policies, its emphasis on meritocracy, and ultimately the need for our children to work on their academic […]

Nothing and Everything

March 19, 2013 by Dad | 12 Comments | Filed in The Things Your Dad Does

“You are nothing?!” she cried. “What, so you’re going to let that (censored; she was referring to my ex-employer) that means almost nothing in your life dictate your worth? Then what about us? What do you think you are as your son’s father? As my husband?”

Cockiness

October 2, 2012 by Dad | No Comments | Filed in The Things Your Dad Does

Dear Xander, Uncle Mark asked me over a beer had a conversation the other day. He said to me, “Bro, don’t take this the wrong way, but have you always been this cocky?” I said with a shrug, “Yeah.” “Then wouldn’t you be better off running your own business? I mean, I can’t imagine you […]

Honestly Speaking

September 21, 2012 by Dad | 4 Comments | Filed in The Things Your Dad Does

Dear Xander, When I was 11, through peer influence, I developed a kleptomanic streak (that means I used to steal stuff, and it became a habit). I only stole one thing in particular, though: back in my day, the large Emporium Holdings (similar to modern-day Isetan or Metro) had a display stand carrying brightly coloured […]

Chasing Dreams is Hard Work

September 18, 2012 by Dad | No Comments | Filed in The Things Your Dad Does

Dear Xander, It’s been a month and a half since I switched careers to become a writer. You might have noticed it isn’t the easier of transitions; for one, I haven’t written to you or a while. Sorry about that. I took this enormous leap of faith knowing it will be an entirely new experience, […]

Chasing Dreams

June 29, 2012 by Dad | 3 Comments | Filed in The Things Your Dad Does

It took a simple couple of sentences from your mother, repeated about 2-3 times over the course of the last 3 years (since you were born, actually) to make me get off my arse and find out exactly what was causing this rut that I had been in. She said to me, “I would rather you be well-fed and happy than hungry and angry. When you’re happy, Xan and I are happy; that is the simple truth.”

We Were All Kids Once

June 7, 2012 by Dad | 6 Comments | Filed in The Things Your Dad Does

Sometimes we might forget you’re just a kid – you are just growing up so fast – and kids can do things that are stupid, brash, and unthinkable. Sometimes we forget that we were once kids, too. I can’t quite speak for your mum (you and I both know she’s always right, right?), but I know I’ve done stupid, brash and unthinkable things before.

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