What if someone walks in?

by doodaddy on June 15, 2009

“Paranoid Daddy” should have been in contention for my blog title: I spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about what my parenting would look like if someone just happened to walk in at any moment.

I’m not talking housework, here: I figure a little chaos is reasonable for a two-kid household. No, I actually arrange the little remnants of Boo’s passage to make it look like she’s been eating balanced meals. To wit:


A lunch of strawberries, a bit of sausage, boiled egg, and milk, right? Not too bad!

Except that Boo ate one bite of sausage and licked a strawberry before she switched over to her preferred meal: napkin ring soup.


That’s when the “WHAT IF SOMEONE WALKS IN?” horror set in – my very own little neurosis! I tore up the egg to look eaten and skewered the licked strawberry to sustain the myth that Boo would be right back to take care of it.

Of course, she ate nothing else.

I think my fear that someone will question my parenting choices drives me more than any inherent desire to be a good dad.

Fortunately, absolutely no one pays me that much attention.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Bryan June 15, 2009 at 9:10 am

Of course we don’t pay that much attention to you. We are all way too concerned that you are going to walk in on us at any moment!


doodaddy June 15, 2009 at 9:13 am

So, @Bryan, that wasn’t you in the bushes?


Nan June 15, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Okay, you need help. A normal paranoid parent would just EAT the leftovers.


donditiples June 16, 2009 at 5:27 am

You and me both. Oh, and after a while, I eat the leftovers too.


doodaddy June 16, 2009 at 5:30 am

@donditiples – Oh, I eat them, too, but not until we’ve cleared the plates to the counter. Otherwise, how will the intruders know that I’ve given my kid a good lunch?


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