Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Paternal Order of Pancakes

Breakfast for me generally consist of a packet of oatmeal and a banana before I start off my workday. The prep time is quick, plus it is free from any food guilt associated with some of the other breakfast options out there. But once the weekend kicks in it's time to pass the pancakes! 

Since I was a kid I've look forward to the laid back feel of a unhurried full calorie breakfast while watching Saturday morning cartoons (I owe that to my country upbringing). My grandmother always reminded me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. "Eat something, even if it's just toast, "she'd say, "or you'll be tired by 10am!" So, naturally, it's a mandate in my house that after waking up we all end up around the breakfast nook with a bunch of culinary options. This is a very important tradition for me. My wife can tell you how much effort I put into rocking the sausage, eggs, and pancakes on the griddle. If her family is around you might even find me cooking up some of THEIR favorite-- Scrapple (yuck). My oldest daughter has even gotten into the act by making her own "secret ingredient" blend of pancakes. Not only are the meals top notch, but the conversations are amazing as well. As we are passing the eggs we are also getting a chance to check in with one another to catch up on all the happenings from the previous week. Just this past Saturday, my wife had a business commitment which left the girls and I having a daddy daughter breakfast date. I learned about what their classmates were up to. They also rolled out their plans for how I was going to spend the rest of the weekend. This flair for planning my weekend is a "gift" that was handed down genetically by their mother. While those days of early morning soccer matches are beginning to become more frequent, I'm glad for the times where we get to slow down to truly connect and hear what's going on with one another. These Dad Days go by really quick, but I'm learning to savor every moment-one pancake breakfast at a time. 

Man Up Moment

If you're like me, the art of connecting through conversation doesn't always come naturally for me-especially with my kids. So here are a few questions that I ask when trying to get the dialogue going:

1. What do you look forward to most about growing up?
2. What has been the best day of your life so far? Why?
3. If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?
4. What do you think you would love most about this job?

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