My son is 7. He says a lot of things that make we worry about his future, his motivations, and his hygiene. Here are a few examples.
Me: When was the last time you changed your underwear?
Tristan: I don’t know. A week or something. I don’t understand why this is a big deal.
Me: Why do you keep peeing on the floor?
Tristan (shrugs): Because it’s funny.
Me: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Tristan: A scientist, Pokémon Trainer, or a guy that beats people up for money.
Me: Why didn’t you clean your room?
Tristan (somber scary face): Because it’s where I hide… things.
Tristan: Can you help me make a Minecraft YouTube video? I want to be like StampyLongNose.
Me: Bath night.
Tristan: (Long. Agonizing. Moan.)
Me: Calm down. You’re acting like a drug addict.
Tristan: If drugs are like sugar then that sounds fun.
Tristan: You have to be pretty old to be a dad. Like 16.
Tristan (pointing at man pushing grocery cart full of empty cans): Bet that guy makes A LOT of money.
Tristan: Why would someone give you a job?
Me: Because I went to college.
Tristan (laughing): College.
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Clint Edwards was blessed with a charming and spitfire wife, a video game obsessed little boy, a snarky little girl in a Cinderella play dress, and an angry baby girl. When Clint was 9-years-old his father left. With no example of fatherhood, he had to learn how to be a father and husband through trial and error. His work has been featured in Good Morning America, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, The Good Men Project, Fast Company, and elsewhere. He lives in Oregon. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter.