Mr4 and I had one of those conversations today. We were heading off to the picture framer to collect his first birthday presents and I explained that they were for his room. He was excited. Were there Ninja Turtles involved? Fireman Sam? Er, no, I had to tell him. These were special ones. Ones that he would be able to give to his children one day.
“Will I be a Daddy?”
“There’s a lot to do to be a Daddy.”
Hmmm. This could be interesting. “Like what? What do you think you’ll need to do to be a Daddy?”
“Well, I’d have to cook dinner for the Mummy so that she didn’t have to do it every night.”
Huzzah! “What else?”
“I’d need to be able to read, so I could read stories to the kids.”
“I’d have to practise sending them to bed when they were naughty.”
Suppressed laughter. Silence.
“AND, I’d have to look after them… Mum?”
“I don’t think I’m ready to be a Daddy. There’s a lot to do.”
Take your time, Mr4, take your time.
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Adorable! With a capital “A”. And you must be relieved he’s not ready yet?
Sounds like he will be an awesome daddy. He’s been trained so well for one so young 😉
What a sweetheart. It sounds like he has a wonderful view of what its like to be a Dad.
I think one of the great things he will get to do when he does become a dad, is to whistle in a super passive aggressive way when he’s got the shits. It truly is a talent only a Dad knows. Love it. From your v. bad at commenting bloggy friend x
I love this. This is a conversation i would have had as a child. Very thoughtful. And kinda stressy. It seems so daunting, the adult thing, when you are a kid. Heck, some days it’s still daunting.
Beautifully told as always.
It looks to me like your far-in-the-future daughter in law is going to be one lucky lady.
Mr 4 is spot on! Love that he is all for sharing the dinner duties (it is my never ending struggle – finding meal inspiration!). My 3 year old recently told me that he is “nearly an adult.” I asked what makes someone an adult and after some thoughtful consideration the reply came: “Well, you have to be able to drive a car, you must have a big tummy and you must have nose hair.”
This seems to run in the family. Nug tells me he doesn’t want to be an adult because ‘there is too much work to do’. Perhaps we complain too much?? I love Mr 4s take on life. He would be the perfect child if he weren’t so bleeding loud! Ha, ha! x
He’s just so darling. I can see those big thoughtful eyes mulling over all that work to do to be a Daddy and then the bright, lightbulb moment: I can wait. Triumph! x
Wise words, wee man. I’m going to print this off; my hubby needs to know this stuff.
So precious x
so so cute.
Oh bless! You know you’re doing the right thing when you hear words as beautiful as those.
That’s awesome. What a wonderful little boy you have
Don’t they give you such precious moments . Hope you are collecting these anectdotes in a treasure box called precious things …to give along with the pictures .
Oh Al, he is adorable. G+He has his head switched on totally.
(Lexie tells me she is never going to ba a Mumma. When I asked her why not, she tells me it is too hard work. Ummmmm.)
He is observant and a wise little man. You and your husband should be proud. Your son is paying attention.
that’s sweet. I like that he’ll make dinner and help share the load.
good kid! gives promise to the future.
He sounds just precious. What a lucky mommy you must be.
Too adorable!!! Don’t you love the mind of 4 year olds?
Oh gorgeous! Always love a good convo between you and Mr4. He is so perceptive and incredibly cute.
And yes… PLENTY of time for fatherhood Mr4, like in another say, 30 years!
Love the ‘mouths of babes’.
Great role model M.r $ must have – especially the making some dinners part.
That is so cute! Your little guy really thought that through. He’s going to be a good daddy someday 🙂
Oh. Oh. Tears sprang to my eyes, that was just so precious.
It sounds like he’s got a good foundation to build on! I bet you’re feeling that pride thing right now. 🙂
The lovely part about blogging is posts such as these which will be treasures themselves for your sons to read later.
Mr 4 is a thinker. We need more thinkers. Sounds like he will, one day, be an awesome Daddy!
Awe – very nice.
If only they still think that until they are at least, umm… 25!
Ah, that is just so sweet. It sounds like he will be a wonderful dad . . . when the time is right.
Your kids are adorable!
awww, that is just so sweet. Clever boy, that Mr 4