I'm not going to sit here and tell you what a great dad I am in the morning. I won't even try to convince you that I really want to run the gauntlet of alarm, clothes, breakfast, backpacks and carpool. I'm not a morning person. In fact, when I was young and in school, I was notorious for sleeping in and being exceptionally grumpy when I finally did get up.
So, what keeps me going now? I'd love to say its my dedication to taking care of my beautiful kids. I'd even be ok if it were the knowledge that I was helping them grow in some amazing way.
No. Its the coffee.
I have to brew a full pot most days. Only after a couple of cups am I patient and helpful with the midgets who run my house.
-Before coffee: "no you can't play outside today, it's raining"
-After coffee: "Play outside? In the rain? Sure, lets throw on some rainboots and go jump in puddles!"
- Before coffee: "I DONT CARE WHO STARTED IT, STOP YELLING AT YOUR BROTHER OR YOU'RE GOING TO BED FOR THE REST OF THE DAY!"
- After coffee: " Whats going on guys? He took your Barbie and threw it at you? What? Only after she took your lightsaber and hit you with it? Lets have icecream and forget all about it."
- Before coffee: "Here, watch TV and be quiet, Daddy's going to go take a nap"
- After coffee: "TV off guys, we've got stuff to do! First, help me fix the electrical outlet the dog just broke, then I'll teach you about accoustics with a fun DIY soundsystem for your iPod!"
Looking at this track-record, you'd think they'd learn to start making my coffee for me before I get up...