If you listen to the show (and why would you?), you may remember way back in episode 100 Andy told a story of his then infant son kicking his feet. He told it like it was some amazing thing and I mocked him because…how hard is it to kick feet? Andy and our guest that week, Geoff, assured Noah and I that we would understand when we were parents. Sometimes your kids do things and they are amazing and you want to tell people about your amazing kids. Noah and I didn’t buy it. In fact, it’s a trope on the show to this day. When we say “he kicks his feet back and forth” that means you’re telling a story about your kids that no one should care about.
Cue music “he kicks his feet back and forth…”
So I’m putting my son to bed last night and we’re talking about his day. When I say “we’re talking” I really mean I am talking and he is occasionally interjecting with “yeah” and “more.” (He’s not even 2 yet, what were you expecting Sorkin dialogue?) Finally I get to colors. I say “You used a lot of colors today like red, blue, green, yellow, black, gray, white, pink, and brown. Did I forget any?”
“Orange!” says my 23 month old son…and this time daddy crapped his pants. It was one of those parent moments where you realize your child is actually understanding and interacting. It sneaks up on you. I was floored! I was so amazed that you know how many people I’ve told about this?
That’s right. Andy and Geoff are still wrong! even though I was amazed, I know no one else will care or appreciate it. The only reason I made you read that story is so you know that I know that it is a boring story. And now Geoff and Andy know that is possible to be amazed by your child and still know what is and isn’t a good story. I win!