I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m not very good with babies. Oh I handled more than my fair share of dirty diapers, 3am feedings, and projectile vomit clean-up sessions…but I really feel uncomfortable with them.
No, I’m definitely a “toddler and up” kind of guy. And lately, I’ve really felt as though I’ve found my “niche” with being a dad. Not only am I still the “cool dad” who knows all the latest hit music, but I’m a dad that can find ways to play and hang out with the kids, too. I just have a “comfort level” with younger kids that isn’t there with babies.
One of the ways that I’ve been bonding lately has been with cards. It’s fun, actually. The two youngest are 6 and 7, so we’ve been having fun playing Go Fish…which is the most classic beginner card game that I can remember. I also play Crazy 8‘s with the 9 year old, which is also a lot of fun because there’s a bit more strategy and thinking involved. In fact, we played that game as a family of four recently, with the girls gleefully slamming down a 2 as to make one of the adults “pick up two” and then make us “miss a turn” after laying down a Jack (the rules change from family to family, I think).
It’s funny…I even wondered the other day how card games actually started. I began wondering if the originators of card games would ever have considered being the source of family bonding in the 21st century. I mean, just think about it…the ability to sit at a table or a couch (or pretty much anywhere) and instantly bond with a child over something as simple as a deck of cards is something that can easily be taken for granted…and that’s something I don’t plan on ever doing again.
So I’m very much looking forward to our next “family night”, with my son and fiance and future step-daughters all sitting around a table…maybe with two decks of cards…playing Go Fish or some other easy-to-play family card game.
I’m sure it’ll happen over the holidays…we’re going to be our own five of a kind!