This past week was a busy, but fun, one for the Steely Family. We went to the local carnival (for three days) and to keep the good times a-rollin’ we also threw in a Disney On Ice show for good measure. I realize this might give the false impression that being a stay-at-home dad (SAHD) is all fun and games, but really, being a stay-at-home dad can be tough work. No, really, it can be. However, to be perfectly honest, when Steely Wife joins us, as she did for these events, I feel more like an unemployed dad than a SAHD.
I was struck with the most intense wave of nostalgia at the carnival. It seemed to me that all of the sparkly-cars-go-in-a-circle rides as well as the spinning-until-you-puke rides that I took my son on were the EXACT same rides that I rode when I was his age. No, I don’t mean similar; I mean the exact SAME! In fact, all of the toothless operators possessed an odd quality of reminiscence about them as well. I was my son’s age, eh hem, more than 30 years ago but could it be that these are, in fact, the same people and the same rides? I thought, perhaps, that dental photographs could corroborate my hypothesis but for some reason the “gentleman” operating the bumper cars took exception when I tried to photograph a close-up of his chompers. These carnival people can be quite testy.
Disney On Ice was, in a word, amazing. This was my second Disney show and it has yet to disappoint. Seriously, if you have not been, you should go. Your kids will think you’re a hero and you’ll find yourself cheering on all the famous characters who are doing stunts like back flips on ice skates and in full costume. The best part? As far as I could see, all of the performers had complete sets of teeth.
Since I’ve regaled you with my stories and rants for all these months, I thought it would be a fun experiment to turn over the Steely Dad Nation to the rightful heir, Steely Son, for his take on the carnival, the Disney On Ice show and anything else that pops into his head.
Here’s the exclusive interview:
Steely Dad: Thank you for agreeing to this interview.
Steely Son: OK
Steely Dad: So, did you like the carnival?
Steely Son: (In robot cadence) Yes-I-did-like-the-carnival.
Steely Dad: What did you like most about the carnival?
Steely Son: Ummm, the Ferris wheel.
Steely Dad: Why?
Steely Son: Because, um (dramatic pause – unintelligible response).
Steely Dad: What?
Steely Son: (Sounding frustrated) BECAUSE, IT WENT UP AND DOWN!
Steely Dad: OK, chill dude. What other things did you like at the carnival?
Steely Son: Um, um, the MOTORCYCLES!
Steely Dad: Sweet. Anything else?
Steely Son: Um, eh, YEA! I liked the airplanes too!
Steely Dad: Nice. Anything else you want to tell us about the carnival?
Steely Son: Yea, the scary ghost ride!
Steely Dad: That wasn’t that scary.
Steely Son: Yea, it was! (Laughing)
Steely Dad: What was so scary about it?
Steely Son: Because the skeletons were popping out!
Steely Dad: Was Daddy scared?
Steely Son: Yes!
Steely Dad: No I wasn’t!
Steely Son: Yea, you were! Did you like it?
Steely Dad: Hey, I’m conducting the interview here.
Steely Son: No, I’m comucting the interview here.
Steely Dad: OK, moving on. How did you like the Disney On Ice show?
Steely Son: Good!
Steely Dad: What was your favorite part?
Steely Son: I don’t know.
Steely Dad: You did go to the show, right?
Steely Son: Yes.
Steely Dad: Then can’t you tell me your favorite part?
Steely Son: No.
Steely Dad: Why not?
Steely Son: Fine. Finding Nemo was my favorite.
Steely Dad: Hold on. I can’t type that fast.
Steely Son: FIIIINNNNDDDDING NEEEEEEEEEEMMMMMMMMOOOOOOOO.
Steely Dad: What else?
Steely Son: Nothing. I just liked Nemo.
Steely Dad: (Laughing)
Steely Son: What, Daddy, what?!?!
Steely Dad: OK, let’s be professional here.
Steely Son: What’s promessional here? Oy vey!
Steely Dad: So you didn’t like anything else about Disney? Come on. There must have been something else you liked.
Steely Son: I just liked Finding Nemo.
Steely Dad: You didn’t like anything else?
Steely Son: NOTHING. I liked NOTHING else (waving his hands back and forth like an umpire signalling “Safe!”)
Steely Dad: You didn’t like Goofy?
Steely Son: Yes. I liked Goofy and Mickey Mouse.
Steely Dad: (Typing as fast as he can.)
Steely Son: Did you get that Daddy? I also liked Mickey Mouse.
Steely Dad: Hold on!
Steely Son: Daddy, what are you doing?
Steely Dad: Typing.
Steely Son: Oh, and I also liked the pirates.
Steely Dad: What pirates?
Steely Son: The Pirates ON THE Caribbean.
Steely Dad: When were those in the show?
Steely Son: When in the show? Huh? When in the show?
Steely Dad: The pirates? When were they in the show? I don’t recall pirates.
Steely Son: Do you like them?
Steely Dad: Sure I do but I don’t remember them in the Disney On Ice show.
Steely Son: I remember.
Steely Dad: When?
Steely Son: Or maybe not.
Steely Dad: OK, final question.
Steely Son: Which final quesiton? What’s a final question?
Steely Dad: This final question. It’s the last question. OK here goes: who do you love more, Mommy or Daddy?
Steely Son: Goofy
Steely Dad: He doesn’t count. So who do you love more? Mommy or Daddy?
Steely Son: Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy!!!
Steely Dad: OK, that concludes our interview.
Steely Son: (Big smile) OK!
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!