One of the things I would do to drive the kids crazy while on road trips was call out, ‘Holy Cow!’ every time we passed by some cows in the field. It worked the first few times, but over time, they would just look at me with a scowl of annoyance and contempt. Of course, that only made it even more fun for me than making them laugh. Just knowing I was annoying them was somehow even better (especially when they were going through the teen years).
Between the gastric sound effects, the corny jokes, occasional long-winded ‘Life lessons’, or having to make a pun out of every business we passed by, it was enough to make the kids (and the Mrs.) long for the trip to be over. Thankfully, time has a way of changing those memories into something we can laugh about now. Well, mostly laugh about anyway.
Whether it’s a road trip or just a trip to the store, being a dad is never an easy task. I sometimes long for the days when the biggest problem was getting them off the Xbox or saying no to something they wanted at the store. It seems the problems we all face as teens only grow into bigger, more complicated ones as we get older. That is why I find it fun to joke about stupid things at times. It helps to take our eyes off the problems even if it’s just for a minute, and humor is always good for the soul.
You may not like to torment your kids with goofiness like I did (and still do with the grand boys) but taking a break from our problems and finding some humor in even the smallest of things will help lift the burdens we tend to hold onto. Thankfully, I have a wonderful wife who likes to laugh at my silly jokes and tolerates my juvenile behavior. If she didn’t, I’d probably need to have a few cold packs ready to put on my swollen eyes from time to time.
So, for all the men out there, the next time you are driving around with family and pass by a herd of cows, if this blog pops into your head, feel free to blurt out, ‘Holy Cow!!’ You might just get a laugh or two. Or, you may get the rolling eyes and a few ‘Ughs!’. Either way, at least you had fun…