The Life Of A Stay-At-Home Dad, According To A Stay-At-Home Daughter

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Published on: 2016.07.10

Not long after I woke this morning, my five-year-old daughter pulled out a notepad and a pen and began interviewing me — without warning.

“What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?” she said.

“Um, go to the bathroom?” I responded honestly, knowing that she can’t actually write. I had no idea she planned to draw my answers.


RLF’s drawing of my first answer
I think it resembles a tadpole riding a turtle
(Photo copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry; drawing copyright © 2016 by Rebecca L. Fry)

Soon, she was ready with her next question:

“And then what do you do?”

I told her I make coffee. (In retrospect, I probably start the coffee first, and then do other things while it’s percolating, but these are the answers I provided, and the ones she drew.)


RLF’s depiction of me making coffee
(Photo copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry; drawing copyright © 2016 by Rebecca L. Fry)

“What do you do after making coffee?” she asked, very serious, very businesslike, after a few moments of scribbling.

I answered: “Get food for you and Benjamin.” I consider one of my top priorities each day to be keep the children alive, and feeding them is a big part of that.


RLF’s drawing of me getting food for the children
Note: one “plate” is actually a coffee mug
Note 2: this drawing is NOT to scale
(Photo copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry; drawing copyright © 2016 by Rebecca L. Fry)

“What else do you do?” was the fourth question, asked with such a lazy tone that I assumed the interview was almost over.

“Sometimes I do laundry”, I replied.


RLF’s depiction of the washing machine (left), and her brother (right) dancing on the laundry basket
(Photo copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry; drawing copyright © 2016 by Rebecca L. Fry)

But she’s a persistent reporter, the best kind. “Do you do anything else?”

Well, yes, actually. When you little ones quit asking me questions, I sometimes find other things to do. But what I said was, “I usually check the news on my phone.”


RLF’s drawing of me with my Samsung Galaxy Note 5
Note: this drawing is not to scale either
(Photo copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry; drawing copyright © 2016 by Rebecca L. Fry)

By this point, she decided to infer my answers rather than prompt me any further for them. “Sometimes you sit at your desk in the office”, she noted, remembering those (not really) rare times when I do so.


She said this was my office chair, with wires at left
(Photo copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry; drawing copyright © 2016 by Rebecca L. Fry)

“And you go outside to smoke”, she added, bringing up the one thing I was hoping she wouldn’t remember, but I’ve been doing it all her life, so…


RLF’s impression of me smoking outside
(Photo copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry; drawing copyright © 2016 by Rebecca L. Fry)

What turned out to be the last assertion was: “And you get clothes for us.” That’s true, I do that. It’s not technically necessary for my goal of keeping the kids alive, but it does keep my wife from getting upset with me, which is almost the same thing.


RLF’s drawing of a child’s T-shirt
Note: the six squiggly lines are supposed to be words, not stink rays
(Photo copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry; drawing copyright © 2016 by Rebecca L. Fry)

And that’s it. I just thought you’d enjoy this little interaction we had this morning. One more photo, below, shows RLF and her brother with their notepads during the interview.


RnB taking notes during the interview
Note: the MegaMillions ticket in the foreground was very profoundly incorrect
(Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry. Some rights reserved.)


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2 Comments
  1. Sherry says:

    Thanks for sharing; I got a good chuckle out of it.

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