What Are the Most Exciting Things You’ve Discovered Since Becoming a Dad?

01/21/2011 By Shawn Burns

Longtime Lurker JoT asked this question the other day: “What are the most exciting things you’ve discovered since becoming a dad?”

Hmm. Most exciting? That’s a new way to approach things. “Most awesome” would get you a list of things like the smell of the top of the baby’s head, hearing your daughter say “I love you daddy”, guilt-free watching of The Goodnight Show on Sprout (Hi Nina!), and all the goldfish crackers you can eat.

Most exciting though…exciting things are less about the moment and more about the future. Things that excite you are the imminent drop on the roller coaster, your impending graduation, your wedding night. All good when they happen as well, but very, very special in the anticipation.

Among the most exciting things I’ve discovered since becoming a dad are Adrian’s first date and Erin’s first play. Some day Adrian is going to be all nerves and butterflies about someone special and I can’t wait to be there for him, to help give him the confidence he needs to be comfortable being himself in that situation. And some day Erin is going to be channeling a strong character up on stage and I can’t wait to be the loudest voice raised in love and appreciation for her effort, enthusiasm, and skill.

I’ll be looking forward to those moments. I’ll enjoy them when they get here, but I think I’m enjoying the anticipation even more.