Donuts With Dads

Yesterday was a big day for Pookie. Her second grade class was holding a special event–Donuts With Dads. It’s an annual thing, so I’ve known about it for a while, and I gotta say, I was more than a little curious about how it would go down. After all, her real dad lives right here in town, so his attendance was a given. But what about mine? I would have been okay if I’d been left out of the mix. Being a stepdad can be tough. And so can being a stepdaughter. Accordingly, I figured that on some level, this would be a difficult decision for her.

On Monday, Lovie broke the great news. Pookie wanted “both of her dads” to go. (Insert your California joke here.) I was obviously thrilled, but also knew that a certain degree of awkwardness would likely ensue. But as Pookie led her father and me around the classroom on the “scavenger hunt,” I was pleasantly surprised by how skillfully she was navigating the situation. It wasn’t awkward at all.

Until we went to the far wall to admire the cute drawings the class had made of their dads and I saw this soon-to-be-classic staring right back at me:

Egads! My eyes quickly scanned the entire wall until I found the drawing she had made of her biological father, and, well, it’s safe to say that I got the short end of the crayon.

Forget, for a moment, that the left side of my face is bulging out as if experiencing the gravitational pull of a large planet. And forget the fact fact, if you will, that there is a certain, though difficult-to-pinpoint, alien element to the depiction. And forget, also, the zipper on my fleece (I’m reasonably sure that’s what she was drawing) looks like Uncle Jed’s shotgun.

Take a gander at my head, more specifically my hair–and disregard the fact that I don’t have a crew cut and that my real hair is not six inches off my ears. Focus, instead at the very, very top of my hair.

There are only a handful of explanations.

  1. To enhance the aforementioned alien theme, Pookie has drawn a flying saucer which has landed on my head.
  2. I’m sporting a flesh-toned yamaka.
  3. Pookie believes that I’m actually a volcano.
  4. Pookie’s imagining that I’ve recently endured a lobotomy.
  5. The circle is actually a halo, a symbolic representation of the angelic role I’ve played in Pookie’s life.
  6. Or, most likely, that skin-toned circle that is surrounded by hair is Pookie’s artistic rendering of my bald spot.

I suppose that’s how she sees me. And I’m okay with that. Especially given the fact that her insistence that I be a part of the festivities tells me something else about how she sees me.

As her dad.

I love you, Pook.

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John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • http://adayinthelifeofkat.blogspot.com/ Kat (@kathym425)

    That is too cute! It’s great that you and your step-daughter have such a good relationship and, almost as important, that you and her dad must also have at least a decent relationship. My kids love their step-mom and I wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s a great lady and I think that my kids are lucky to have both of us in their lives. PS I hope you got plenty of donuts!

  • http://adayinthelifeofkat.blogspot.com/ Kat (@kathym425)

    That is too cute! It’s great that you and your step-daughter have such a good relationship and, almost as important, that you and her dad must also have at least a decent relationship. My kids love their step-mom and I wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s a great lady and I think that my kids are lucky to have both of us in their lives. PS I hope you got plenty of donuts!

  • http://thesuburbanscrawl.blogspot.com Melisa with one S

    Awww! So sweet. Maybe she thinks you’re part angel, hence the obvious halo on top of your head.

    Any explanation for the (probably embroidered) gun on your shirt?

  • http://thesuburbanscrawl.blogspot.com Melisa with one S

    Awww! So sweet. Maybe she thinks you’re part angel, hence the obvious halo on top of your head.

    Any explanation for the (probably embroidered) gun on your shirt?

  • http://monicaheartsrq.com Monica

    Wow, very sweet! First, I have to say that I am actually pretty impressed by her drawing skills for being in 2nd grade. I think I might be pretty well pleased with myself if I could draw that good! I don’t know if I could do a neck/shirt collar that well! And I love the details of your zippers too. She’ll get her proportions down soon enough. 😉 I always find it funny what sticks out to kids, or, I guess, how they actually see us. Which, it seems, is she sees you as her Dad, and that is probably an amazing feeling. Halo/UFO/bald spot or not! She is a lucky girl to get to have two Dads who care about her so much.

  • http://monicaheartsrq.com Monica

    Wow, very sweet! First, I have to say that I am actually pretty impressed by her drawing skills for being in 2nd grade. I think I might be pretty well pleased with myself if I could draw that good! I don’t know if I could do a neck/shirt collar that well! And I love the details of your zippers too. She’ll get her proportions down soon enough. 😉 I always find it funny what sticks out to kids, or, I guess, how they actually see us. Which, it seems, is she sees you as her Dad, and that is probably an amazing feeling. Halo/UFO/bald spot or not! She is a lucky girl to get to have two Dads who care about her so much.

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    I love it!!!!!!
    You should use it as your avatar or the head shot for your next book. Speaking of which, Melisa gave it to me yesterday, unsigned, and I plan on starting it very soon.

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    I love it!!!!!!
    You should use it as your avatar or the head shot for your next book. Speaking of which, Melisa gave it to me yesterday, unsigned, and I plan on starting it very soon.

  • http://kyrequints.wordpress.com laceykyre

    That is so adorable and funny! I love the gun on your shirt. Its great that you and your step daughter have a good relationship. I didn’t really get along with my step-dad growing up!

    Lacey

  • http://kyrequints.wordpress.com laceykyre

    That is so adorable and funny! I love the gun on your shirt. Its great that you and your step daughter have a good relationship. I didn’t really get along with my step-dad growing up!

    Lacey

  • Heather Patton Reyda

    First, I must know, did biological dad have a picture of his own? Second, I have a blended (The answer to your California joke :))family as well, and have to let you know that my husband and I were just talking about how close he is with my two children. What a fantastic thing it is to be loved and considered a parent, by a child that is not your biological offspring. My children are extremely close to their biological father too, which makes it even more special. Kudo’s to you John Cave, I am glad and proud you have been accepted into the ranks of a real-life-all-around Dad……

  • Heather Patton Reyda

    First, I must know, did biological dad have a picture of his own? Second, I have a blended (The answer to your California joke :))family as well, and have to let you know that my husband and I were just talking about how close he is with my two children. What a fantastic thing it is to be loved and considered a parent, by a child that is not your biological offspring. My children are extremely close to their biological father too, which makes it even more special. Kudo’s to you John Cave, I am glad and proud you have been accepted into the ranks of a real-life-all-around Dad……

  • http://www.mytwinsforlife.blogspot.com HT

    1) It tells me how observant she is.
    2) It tells me how an important role you play in her life.

    You will always hear the truth spoken from a youngster’s mouth!

    You are obviously doing a great job!

  • http://www.mytwinsforlife.blogspot.com HT

    1) It tells me how observant she is.
    2) It tells me how an important role you play in her life.

    You will always hear the truth spoken from a youngster’s mouth!

    You are obviously doing a great job!

  • http://mothereseblog.blogspot.com Kristen @ Motherese

    To me it looks like a monk’s tonsure. Do you talk a lot? Maybe she is slyly suggesting a vow of silence?

  • http://mothereseblog.blogspot.com Kristen @ Motherese

    To me it looks like a monk’s tonsure. Do you talk a lot? Maybe she is slyly suggesting a vow of silence?

  • http://dadlogic.net dadlogic

    This reminds me of the hidden picture puzzles I used to enjoy as a kid. Can you find the following objects in the above photo? 1. A gun. 2. A keyhole. 3. The letter L. 4. A blue slice of pizza. 5. Angelina Jolie’s lips.

    I think the object on your head is a chocolate doughnut (since this was for a doughnuts with dads event).

  • http://dadlogic.net dadlogic

    This reminds me of the hidden picture puzzles I used to enjoy as a kid. Can you find the following objects in the above photo? 1. A gun. 2. A keyhole. 3. The letter L. 4. A blue slice of pizza. 5. Angelina Jolie’s lips.

    I think the object on your head is a chocolate doughnut (since this was for a doughnuts with dads event).

  • http://clarkkentslunchbox.blogspot.com/ Clark Kent’s Lunchbox

    She’s one heck of an artist… nailed it… in a Picasso sort of way.

    Seriously though, that’s a huge deal for her to want you there as a dad.

  • http://clarkkentslunchbox.blogspot.com/ Clark Kent’s Lunchbox

    She’s one heck of an artist… nailed it… in a Picasso sort of way.

    Seriously though, that’s a huge deal for her to want you there as a dad.

  • http://jugglingeric.blogspot.com Eric

    I was invited to D4D’s back when my step son was in fifth grade. His dad was there too. I was cool with it. I think after over five years, his dad is still insecure about our relationship.

    I love the NRA logo on your pull over.

  • http://jugglingeric.blogspot.com Eric

    I was invited to D4D’s back when my step son was in fifth grade. His dad was there too. I was cool with it. I think after over five years, his dad is still insecure about our relationship.

    I love the NRA logo on your pull over.

  • http://www.buriedwithchildren.com Jen @ buried with children

    It is funny too see how our kids see us. I am not even going to start on the pictures that my yr old draws of me. He has a little work to do yet. 😉

  • http://www.buriedwithchildren.com Jen @ buried with children

    It is funny too see how our kids see us. I am not even going to start on the pictures that my yr old draws of me. He has a little work to do yet. 😉

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad

    Sure you didn’t have a Big League Chew in your cheek at the time she pictured you in her mind?

    Great pic, bald spot and all.

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad

    Sure you didn’t have a Big League Chew in your cheek at the time she pictured you in her mind?

    Great pic, bald spot and all.

  • Nicki

    I commented on this as Time Warner was doing some something here – line maintenance, who knows? My comment got eaten. Hope they enjoyed it!!

    I was wondering how Pookie sees the top of your head. Are you only allowed to sit on the floor?

    And, instead of a rifle on your shirt, a large orange V might be good, eh? LOL!!!

  • Nicki

    I commented on this as Time Warner was doing some something here – line maintenance, who knows? My comment got eaten. Hope they enjoyed it!!

    I was wondering how Pookie sees the top of your head. Are you only allowed to sit on the floor?

    And, instead of a rifle on your shirt, a large orange V might be good, eh? LOL!!!

  • http://www.madd0g.org Mo

    I just burst out laughing.

    You have extremely piercing eyes and if I’m brutally honest, I would probably cross to the other side of the road if I saw you…

  • http://www.madd0g.org Mo

    I just burst out laughing.

    You have extremely piercing eyes and if I’m brutally honest, I would probably cross to the other side of the road if I saw you…

  • http://www.holymolytoledos.blogspot.com Susy

    Awe!! Love this! That “spot” was the first thing I saw! Lol..

  • http://www.holymolytoledos.blogspot.com Susy

    Awe!! Love this! That “spot” was the first thing I saw! Lol..

  • http://joyco.wordpress.com joyco

    I just love the flesh-coloured eyes too. Great pic. Can’t wait to get pictures like that from my kids. They say if you want the truth, ask a child, right? I’m not sure I’m cut out for the truth.

  • http://joyco.wordpress.com joyco

    I just love the flesh-coloured eyes too. Great pic. Can’t wait to get pictures like that from my kids. They say if you want the truth, ask a child, right? I’m not sure I’m cut out for the truth.

  • http://www.loulousviews.com Loukia

    Oh gosh… haha… hilarious! But she’s not a bad artist, you know?! 😉

  • http://www.loulousviews.com Loukia

    Oh gosh… haha… hilarious! But she’s not a bad artist, you know?! 😉

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

    Your yarmulke comment made me laugh. That is very cool that she drew a picture of you. Seattle Dad beat me to the big league chew line, although I probably would have said something about Skoal. 😉

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

    Your yarmulke comment made me laugh. That is very cool that she drew a picture of you. Seattle Dad beat me to the big league chew line, although I probably would have said something about Skoal. 😉

  • http://juggelingactoflife.blogspot.com/ cat@juggling act

    Oh this is so so sweet! And she is a great artist.

  • http://juggelingactoflife.blogspot.com/ cat@juggling act

    Oh this is so so sweet! And she is a great artist.

  • whitebullie

    This was great, It’s not a halo it’s a hairlo!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • whitebullie

    This was great, It’s not a halo it’s a hairlo!
    Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.irrationaldad.com Joe @ IrrationalDad

    As soon as I saw the name under the drawing I wondered how the bio-dad felt about it. Was there a picture of him too?

    I pray that when Tyler draws a picture of me, he draws a super hero. We’ll see.

  • http://www.irrationaldad.com Joe @ IrrationalDad

    As soon as I saw the name under the drawing I wondered how the bio-dad felt about it. Was there a picture of him too?

    I pray that when Tyler draws a picture of me, he draws a super hero. We’ll see.

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