I'm pleased to say he's rather taller than me, now...
We've had what, in my observation, is an unusual experience with our kids: we actually like them. This has been a truly life-enhancing bonus. Most parents love their children, of course, but "love" is an oddly ill-defined set of emotions that, it seems, need not include "like". Those parents always worry me who claim, for example, to "love their kids to bits". An oddly revealing metaphor, especially when uttered between clenched teeth and with hands round the throat of some obnoxious brat.
Ah well, time to start moving on the next phase for both of us, I suppose:
And then the
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances.
Of course, both he and his sister have yet finally to pass through the white water rapids of that modern rite of passage, the exam system. This has played havoc with my dreams of late. Long-forgotten anxieties about essays unwritten and subjects unstudied have been waking me at 4 a.m., and the flood of relief on realising that I have actually already sat all the exams I will ever sit is indescribable. Phew.
So, if it's wise saws you're after, this reminds me of a little piece of hard-won wisdom I like to pass on to new fathers. I tell them that the worst bit will be school. You will revisit all the bad experiences you had at school -- The horror! The horror! -- but this time you won't be able to do anything about it, except worry on behalf of someone you care about more than you ever realised it was possible to care. Compared to that, I have to say, dreaming about exams is child's play.