Dad is Fat
by Jim Gaffigan
On Amazon (Kindle Version)
My cousin recommended this book and I laughed my way through it. No seriously, ask Craig. He was trying to sleep and there I was sitting next to him. Laughing.
Warning: Jim is a father of five young kiddos and if you’re not into hearing kiddo stories and parenting theories and reflections, this ain’t the book for you.
I quite liked it, though. Jim is a hands-on Daddy living in a teeny-tiny NYC apartment with his awesome, comedy-writer wife and his FIVE children. (FIVE children.)
The book is a collection of short chapters (which is exciting because it meant I could read a few before my eyes slammed shut for the night!). I smiled while reading about how Jim and his wife handle bedtime with their 5 children in a two-bedroom place. I smiled when Jim said, “I guess I’m what you’d call indoorsy’ and I laughed when I saw the picture of him wearing his “swimshirt” and sunblock. (He’s quite fair-skinned.)
There are sentimental pearls of wisdom…
“Failing and laughing at your own shortcomings are the hallmarks of a sane parent.”
And the funny stuff…
“I’m not surprised by how much I love my children. I’m relieved. Shortly after I found out Jeannie was pregnant for the first time, I was worried. Would I be able to provide the unconditional love of a parent? I always found those Anne Geddes baby-flower photos annoying, and it kind of puts me in a good mood to see a teenager fall off a skateboard. How could someone like me ever hope to be a good parent?”
And I totally was one of these people before kiddos…
“Occasionally, a dog will be presented as some training method for having a baby. ‘My girlfriend and I got a dog. We are going to see if we can handle that before we have kids.’ This is a little like testing the waters of being a vegetarian by having lettuce on your burger. Okay, maybe that metaphor doesn’t make sense, but neither does using a dog as a training method for having a baby.”
Overall vote: Read it. Entertaining. Quick read.