On Tone

It has been brought up to me that the blog is not filled with sunshine and rainbows and hope for a better tomorrow in reference to raising a child. There is a good reason for this.

Most immediately, this is because I’m not out to chronicle my experience as a father and Joshua’s early days as a matter for posterity. That will be a fallout effect, but the literally hundreds of photos and little videos we have taken of him will likely form a more vibrant remembrance of the good times. (Though, once he’s old enough to talk, I plan on purchasing a Moleskine or something equally fancy to carry with me everywhere. My mother took lots of notes about amusing things I did and said and it remains a comedy goldmine to this day)

What I’m here doing is providing a sort of advice column/commiseration station. Parenting is not easy and I know it gives me comfort to talk to a friend who is also a new parent and hear that they had the same experiences I’ve had. If was to talk to them and hear nothing but cooing and fawning, I know my first assumption would be that I’m doing something wrong. No one really needs to read an advice column on the awesome stuff. Posts with titles like “Babies are Cute” and content consisting of “They totally are, right? I know.” don’t have much cache to them. Yes, yes, I’m exaggerating, but it makes my points SO much easier to drive home.

All I’m saying is the very nature of offering advice presupposes that the foundation of things is a problem that needs to be solved or worked around. So, I write about the problems that I think I can offer some insight on.

It does leave things somewhat lopsided. Let me assure you, when this little dude is old enough, our days are going to be filled with high fives and telling one another how awesome we are. Because, let’s be honest, we’re going to be pretty god damn awesome.

  1. #1 by Jason on July 15, 2010 - 8:17 PM

    Man, I wish I had recordings of some of the stuff I did between the ages of 1 and 5. It’d be hilarious. I’m lucky enough to have lots of home videos between ages 8 and 12, though…

  2. #2 by Júlli on July 16, 2010 - 3:13 AM

    I for one am thankful that you’re doing this. Glad to know that others have ahd similar experiences.
    Thank you Michael.

  3. #3 by Chelsea on July 18, 2010 - 11:21 PM

    I support this, I’m years off from a baby and I use your blog to ease me into it… It is comforting to hear it is not without difficulty.

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