August 13, 2005

How to impress a four year old

Simple, really. Don't act your age, put whatever stupid sense of self-regard/dignity to one side.

Just be the only father at the pool today to do a cannonball. Make a really big splash. Bask in the admiration of the Girl Child.

Pray she does not request a demonstration of the belly flop.

Posted by Random Penseur at August 13, 2005 09:46 PM | TrackBack

do you also do back flips?

Posted by: sn at August 13, 2005 11:02 PM

Wow. That was Proustian...I suddenly had the vivid memory of the neighborhood pool, and the contests to see who could make the biggest splash. And yes, the one dad (not mine) who would participate was the coolest.
Good luck on hiding the belly flop concept.

Posted by: nic at August 14, 2005 07:53 AM

We were in my aunt's pool (one of them round ones) a few years ago, and my nephew was mighty impressed that I could turn it into a whirlpool. Of course, it was just me and him so it took quite a while to get it going. But once it got going it was quite a thing to behold. Sitting in his little round floatation device, he'd drift around and up and down through the maelstrom. Lots of fun.

Posted by: Tuning Spork at August 14, 2005 11:10 AM

Dignity is overrated.

Posted by: Allison at August 14, 2005 12:38 PM

Can you do the one where you stand on the board, then throw feet in front of you, land on your butt on the board, then fall forward? That always used to crack them up at summer camp.

Posted by: Howard at August 18, 2005 03:23 PM
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