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I humbly accept this award…

There come a time in a person’s life, or at least there should, when everything you have been shown, everything you have been taught, the great instincts you have get validated as ‘the Best’. And that moment came for me tonight.

"I want to thank my family, my wife, friends who have been there for me and of course those two amazing girls...

“I want to thank my family, my wife, friends who have been there for me and of course those two amazing girls…

But first, the commercial for this weekend in a new season of 3D. I was planning on doing an update about my procedure this weekend. Briefly, so far it has been great. I feel great! I feel normal. I feel the same as pre-radiation seeds in my belfry.

Oh yes, there have been some moments. Graphic Ones! And you’ll get all them this weekend.

This procedure has put the thrill back in pee’ing. And when I walk past the refrigerator my belly has followed its urge to stick on the door. And you can get all this and more this weekend as I continue to butter up my doctors and to avoid paying that whole huge bill! ~You would think at 95 seeds I could get a bulk discount?

Back to my moment….

Yes, my validation of greatness came, in of all places, our area grocery store, the Bi Lo. Let me set the stage…

We arrived at the store and the girls immediately spotted a bright blue police car shopping cart in the parking lot. And it was clean!

So one by one I picked each one up and put them in their seats as fast as I could (i.e. radiation and holding the kids).

We were on a mission to obtain essential beverages to make it through to the end of the week; namely milk, orange juice and apple juice.

Well I put the girls in and wheeled the cart around in the parking lot outside. I almost encroached on an on coming car but she saw I had kids in the cart and waved me on.

Being appreciative of the nice driver, and not wanting to take up her time with my neglect, I pushed the police car / shopping cart into gear and ran to the edge of the parking lot, slowing up to make a graceful entrance into the Bi Lo.

The girls love this of course as every time I put them inΒ  a shopping cart they say, “Daddy go fast!”

Once inside I reminded the girls of our mission and that we dared not take any breaks to look at ice cream, cereal, party balloons, or stickers.

The cold beverage aisle was at the far end of the store so we walked calmly down to that end, pretending to let the girls actually steer the police car with their steering wheels.

We make it to the top of the refrigerated section and ‘Bam‘ right there was some orange juice. ~shopping is so easy!

We secured some and then looked for the milk section, spotting it at the other end of the aisle.

But first we had to navigate a family that left a full shopping cart on one side and three heavy people looking at bread on the opposite side, completely ignoring there was another cart coming down the aisle.

I leaned down and whispered to the girls, “hold on, this might be tricky” as we steered slowly towards the shoppers.

I reminded the girls to “steer the cart straight and watch out for the other shoppers” as we slowly navigated the gauntlet.

I smiled at everyone as we drove past, gave a ‘homecoming queen’ wave to the little one stuck in their cart and then shifted up the next gear as we cleared the family.

Now the only things in our way to securing some milk and running home was 30 yards of open aisle and a young couple keeping to them self along the cheese section.

So I made some race car sounds and broke into a jog with the cart. I pretended to ‘fishtail’ the cart like a car on a dirt road down the aisle.

I told the girls, “come on keep it straight, keep it straight don’t hit anything” as we swerved closer to the milk.

The girls were laughing hysterically and I made more varooo- varoom sounds when it happened.

What do you think happened?

The young girl that was holding hands with the other long-haired fella in our aisle said to her mate, “There goes the coolest Dad ever!

Did you get that?

THE COOLEST DAD EVER!

Β I gave her a side glance out of the corner of my eye and a quick itty-bitty smile in an attempt to say “Thank you” after we found our milk and started for the registers.

Finally, after all that training, and all the reading, and coaching, and reminding….I had my validation (which I knew all along)….Coolest Dad EVER.

I’ll sleep good tonight…

I don’t know how I would have felt if I would have heard “Coolest Grandpa”..again

Riding in the back of a limo at 3 months...you'll never guess where we are going?

Hopping in the back of a limo at 3 months…you’ll never guess where we are going? I didn’t even know these guys!

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22 thoughts on “I humbly accept this award…

  1. That was such a cute post. You sound like a great dad. It is so amazing how at the end of the day nothing can make us feel as special as our children. They are really the only validation we need. I have one son and he always makes my day when I really need it.

    Procedure?? Hope you are ok…
    ~~~F

  2. Ha! Smiling as I’m reading this knowing you’re OK! So happy that you found such joy and validation in the supermarket. Sure wish I had that much fun at my second home. Maybe I’ll try the limo next time around too!

    • Yes a limo ride to the grocery store! I hope your business allows that for you real soon. It was a fun moment. And I didn’t know if people would put two and two togethere there…thats me running down the aisle 9 days after my procedure. I feel so good I have to keep reminding myself not tohold my girls. Thanks for dropping bu Ms. Cassye! Run in the grocery store this weekend and turn some heads too πŸ˜‰

  3. You ARE the coolest Dad ever!

  4. Congrats on your Coolest Dad award! You deserve it.
    Reminds me of the days I played “Runaway Baby” down the empty aisles, causing squeals of delight from the small, helpless human strapped in the careening buggy I’d push & let go of, down the vegetable aisle.
    Grocery stores just beg for reckless behavior when it comes to young children…

  5. lol….I’m smiling as I picture you doing Runaway Baby! I imagine you push the cart and let go and then save it from ruining a produce display and he says, “do it again Mom!” My youngest did think enough to strap herself in for our race car ride. Ah, ’empty’ grocery stores are the best for buggy races. I get frownie faces from the staff when I attempt them at our Target. 😦 Have a great weekend SSM, thanks for looking in and Roll Tide!

  6. That was such a cute story. I don’t remember shopping with my dad at all when I was little. In fact, the first time I remember shopping with my dad I was 16 and it was Christmas Eve afternoon and he decided we should pick up a few things for my mom. My dad’s not a shopper. And he’s not a fan of crowds. So everything I picked out he said “put it in the cart.” I got new perfume and a lot of other things for ME that day. And our cart was full for my mom.

    But, back to you….the vroom vroom thing is cute. I avoid those darn carts at all costs when I have my nephews or Abby with me. I prefer the “Hold Aunt Sandy’s hand” method. πŸ™‚

    Glad you’re feeling better. Did you ever finish reading my email? (It gets funny, I swear.)

    • it sounds like your dad and I have the same shopping style….lok for what we want and grab it. That sound slike a special Christmas eve. Usally the girls are in and out of the cart if it is any kind of shopping trip at all but this time I think I had them entertained. I like the holding the hand method. If our kids are out of the cart they are all over the place. I’ll have to try that. like the new profile pic Sandyland! Have a great weekend!

  7. Not surprised whatsoever! Of course you are the coolest dad! DUH!!!! What a great thing to hear from that young woman. πŸ™‚ Glad you are doing well and can’t wait (I think) to hear the graphic details. πŸ™‚

    • It was a nice thing to hear. It made my night. I was in such a good mood when I wrote the post the smirky ness came right out. Have you ever seen a purple hot dog? Or a black and blue sausage? Yes everythig changed color one day down there. I gasped in the shower when I saw it. I aksed Susie how I should photograph that, going back to her floer pots. She said use a hot dog bun. πŸ™‚ Have a great weekend Brown eye. Thanks for sropping by. You know what to buy a man for his birthday!! πŸ˜‰

  8. Hahahaha, that was great! You are definitely are the coolest dad, Andy! Wow, that is so neat! And I LOVED the homecoming queen wave. Haha, the stuff you think of!

  9. I was definelty in a great mood after that comment and so when I went to write the stuff just came flowing out. I was just trying to paint some visuals. Thanks for your vote! I appreciate it! Truth is..I have the coolest kids that just make me look good. Have a grreat weekend Luanne! Thanks for dropping by!

  10. The superpowers didnt come but the father levels stayed high, thats very good πŸ™‚
    You need to be ready for the Coolest Grandpa trophy one day.

    • I show people pics of the girls from photos in my wallet and somebody will ask if they are my grand kids …cause the kids around here have babies so early I tell my self…not because of the grey in my hair. Gosh, how od will I be when I am actually a grand pa? Thanks for looking in Ms. Aurora! Have a great weekend….

  11. Love, love, love this! Yeah, I knew you were the coolest Dad ever! I already had you pegged. πŸ˜‰ So glad you got the recognition you deserve!!

    I play this little game with those I called “Homies”…the residents of the independent/assisted living home where my mom lives. I love those guys! And I love to hear the thrill in their voice when I take some of them for a spin in their wheel chair. There is a kid in everyone of us!!

    So glad you are doing well. I haven’t been writing…or reading 😦 blogs lately, but I still have to check in on YOUR site. You stole a little place in my heart, Cool Dad!! πŸ™‚

    • Hmmm, that frowny face was for me not reading blogs. Don’t know why it showed up with “So glad you are doing well.” I am happy about that!!!

    • πŸ™‚ …Thanks for your kind words Cynthia. You made my day! I was wonderin’ why my stats were down πŸ™‚ ..cause your outta town. I can imagine those poor ‘homies’ when Ms. Energy gets behind the wheel! You’re too funny. Yes, embrace your kid or id. I hope your trip is going smoothly. As always, thanks for dropping by and saying Hello!

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