In the lead up to Father’s Day, we wanted to get to know some of the awesome dads who work at our centre. We asked 14 dads to share their stories with us & now we’re sharing them with you.
We caught up with Michael from Best Friends Pets, Dad of 3, Grandfather of 4 & pet Dad to Felix the cat.
What’s the best Father’s Day gift that you have received?:
The best Father’s Day gift I think was quite a few years ago. It was a bit of a novelty. My children bought me a GPS, because I keep getting lost! I have a problem reading the Melways (map). So they bought me a GPS, which I still have & it does a good job. That’s probably one of the better ones that I can remember.
What has surprised you about being a dad?
Oh gosh, that’s a long time ago! When my son was born, I never expected so many sleepless nights, although the wife did most of the waking up at night, I was still affected by it. I just couldn’t understand why such a small creature has to cry so much in the middle of the night! That was a bit of a surprise for me cause I love my sleep. Of course there were many other surprises throughout my life & with my children, particularly the love that you get back from them, but also at the younger age, their innocence & the things that they come up with & the questions that they ask you. They’re very honest. I was not prepared for that.
The best piece of parenting advice that you’ve received?
The advice that I can give, now that I’m older & more experienced is patience is an absolute virtue. Not many of us have got it, you can’t buy it & you can’t make it, I guess it comes with experience. You need patience with children & understanding, understanding the world from their point of view. Looking at the world from their eyes, which is sometimes very hard for us.
What’s your biggest hope for your kids?
My biggest hope for my children is that they’ll be happy & healthy. I’m not one to think that money brings happiness, I think most people have got enough of the comfort stuff, we live in a world where a lot of stuff is at our fingertips but I think that the world lacks love & happiness & it’s not easy to get that so I wish them a lot of happy days & a lot of love, you know & I think that family is the one that can bring a lot of heartaches but it can also bring a lot of love & peace.
Do you have a good Dad joke?
It’s not a joke, but a funny story:
I was with my son, in the shopping centre. He was about 3 & a half. But he had the gift of the gab. He says; ‘Daddy, why is that man so fat?’ at the checkout. I just (wanted) to walk away & say ‘it’s not my child’ you know! He was not backward in coming forward & he was very confident at that age. He didn’t know what he was saying either.
Who’s a dad that you admire?
I admire my father in law. He’s 86 years old, he’s got three children, one of them is my wife, she’s the youngest of the three. He takes it in turns that once a week he visits one of those three, he cooks dinner, takes it with him & he stays the night. I have got so much admiration for him, he’s a very strong man, very knowledgeable, very experienced. I look up to him for many reasons. He had a very tough life, he’s Irish, born & bred. He lived on a dairy farm & my golly, that was a tough life.