Title: Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Family to Yours
Author: Ben Falcone
Publisher, Release Date: HarperCollins, May 16, 2017
I finished my very first book of 2018 on New Years Day, a new record. It helped that I started reading Ben Falcone’s Being a Dad Is Weird: Lessons in Fatherhood from My Father to Yours in December of 2017.
Who is Ben Falcone and why is he so beautiful? He’s Melissa McCarthy’s husband, a dad to two young daughters, and a son to a dad who used to fall asleep on the shitter. And no one but he knows why he’s so damn beautiful.
The crux of the book is, verbatim: “life is short; you might as well try and enjoy it.”
Along the way, he shared hilarious and relatable stories from both his upbringing as well as his experiences as a dad, including:
- Trying to watch his daughter perform at a school play, only to have “Steve Jobs’s legacy” (or a sea of iPhones) blocking the view of his daughter on stage.
- The “apology fish,” a meal his dad prepared for his mother after they’d had an argument. He only lightly sautéed because he got caught up telling young Ben a story, and the fish – which was thought to be fancy and for company – was nothing more than a “grubby, gray, mostly raw-looking fish.”
- The fact that his dad was an at-home dad who worked part-time jobs most of his life before becoming a college professor.
- Struggling to get the kids out the door in the morning but doing whatever it takes, even if it means wearing mismatched shoes to school.
- Wanting his daughters to grow up to be decent people.
All in all, it’s a very easy read injected with a lot of humor – both at the expense of his dad and himself. Now it’s time to give a more thorough look at the interview Art Eddy did with him on Life of Dad.