Happy Papis Day to all the papas, and the mamas too.
My Dad was not the greatest role model for Fatherhood, but he did do what he could. He went to work everyday at his hard labor job, then let alcohol kill him, dying when I was 13.
So excuse me if I don’t get into the artificial “Latino Dad” thing, or the “Punk Rock Dad” thing.
A Dad’s a Dad, you roll with what you got.
Take the so-called Punk Rock Dads for instance, out now is a big documentary out about how traumatic it is to be a young radical punk one day and then all of a sudden, middle age hits and you’re driving a mini-van to soccer practice. Whatever.
Here’s Dad Lesson #1- GET OVER YOURSELF
I was a young punk too, everybody was, one way or another. I have graced stages on the road, torn up hotel mini-bars, been pelted with change at a rock show…I can’t tell you the other stories.
But now I have become a typical Dad. And I like it just fine.
I am definitely not the Dad from the HOW TO BE A DAD books, I’m just doing the best I can.
You can tell it’s the end of the school year when I find myself putting twigs and dust bunnies in my kids lunch bags. That’s how it goes towards the end, you run out of the good lunch food and the attention span for school or any organized human activities.
Now that it’s summer, I gotta deal with my three lovable monstritos, PLUS get all my cartoon and writing deadlines done, mostly through the power of high decibel yelling, implied physical threats and backyard chore assignments. And sugar.
See, I am a STAY AT HOME DAD, which, in today’s economy, only means that I WORK on my 10 jobs at HOME while also trying to help raise my three difficult yet lovely children.
So kids, don’t give your Dad a tie for Father’s Day. Just leave him alone for 10 minutes so he can get his cartoons in to his editor, or slap together that Father’s Day blog post. That’d be a nice gift.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all the Papis out there.
I’M LALO ALCARAZ, Jefe-In-Chief of POCHO.COM