Archive for the ‘Personal’ Category

Last week I was asked to talk with BBC World News Anchor, Adnan Nawaz, to talk about the controversy around Big Papi, David Ortiz, taking a selfie with President Obama during the teams trip to the White House. In my opinion there really wasn’t much of a controversy, as you will see from the interview below. What do you think? Was Big Papi right or wrong for taking his pic with the President?

Feb 2nd, 2011

For the last few weeks, Frankie (my two-and-a-half year old) has been walking around the house singing, as loud as he can, “Frosty the Snowman!”   He didn’t really know the other verses of the song, outside of some random phrases like “Button Nose” and “Began to Dance Around”, but man, does he know the chorus.  My wife and I assumed it was a song he learned in daycare and it stuck because of all the snow we have been getting this year.  It’s easy to reinforce Frosty when all you can see are 7 foot tall snowdrifts (those in Boston know what I mean).  To our surprise we discovered that he was actually rehearsing for his daycare’s annual Winter Gala, where the pre-schoolers get together and perform a couple of songs for their families and friends.   I have never been as excited to hear a group singalong of Frosty the Snowman.

When the big day arrived, the entire daycare class of eight 2 year-old children came out wearing top hats they had made from construction paper.  I think Frankie may have been a little generous with the amount of construction paper he used because his hat was a bit too big and kept falling over his eyes. This of course, added to my enjoyment of the moment.  At one point during the performance he was able to lift up the hat enough to notice me in the crowd, he smiled like only he can, pointed at me and yelled “Daddy” which of course, melted my heart.

Below is a video of Frankie (Yes, he’s the one who lets the music get the best of him as he dances into the crowd).

I wrote this post about Frankie at Dad-o-Matic over two years ago.  At that time I had only been a father for three months and was pretty naive to the whole ‘dad’ thing.  As many of you commented, I had no idea what I was in for and my life was really going to change.  To be frank (no pun intended) the last couple of years have been full of ups and downs.  The same high points and low points that defined my childhood for my parents, I’m sure.  Despite the challenges, I wouldn’t trade my experience with Frankie for anything in the world because, well, he is my world.  In the last two years, I have watched that baby grow into an amazing little boy who, everyday shows more and more qualities of his mom and dad as well as unique qualities of his own.   Everyday I try to learn how to be a better dad and I know I still have a lot to learn.  Each day he grows and learns and I couldn’t be more proud of my little buddy.

I was just trolling through some of my old YouTube videos and came across one I made a year ago for my son.  I can’t believe he is already 16 months old and the profound impact he has had on my life in such a short period of time.  Lately, I haven’t seen him as much as I would like and when I saw this video it made me smile.  At 16 months I already know the adage is true… they grow up way to fast.