10 Years of Fatherhood

10 Years of FatherhoodI'm going to make this as short and unschmaltzy as possible.

Ten years ago today, this happened.

Mike and James

With a decade of fatherhood behind me, I think I've got the hang of it. My goal was always to raise children who aren't assholes. I have assholic tendencies I blame on my father, so everything I do with my son and daughter is designed to make them kind, thoughtful, hard-working, and modest but confident citizens.

This is my beloved son James who turns ten today. He's kind, thoughtful, hard-working and modest but confident and I'm so friggin' proud of him.

James' championship season

Love ya, James. Happy Birthday!

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Uncle Steve

Happy Birthday, James! 10 years old and awesome!

January 20, 2012 @ 4:39 PM


Nicely done, Mike.

January 20, 2012 @ 4:55 PM


This is the only time, that I can recall - you ever mentioning a father. And yet you still blame that person for your ongoing issues?

January 20, 2012 @ 5:43 PM


I didn't see it as blame. It seems to me Mike has recognized the negative tendencies in his family tree and decided to change it with his children so they have one less negative thing in their lives to deal with.

All very wise and positive to me.

And Happy Birthday, James!

January 20, 2012 @ 5:58 PM

My 2 Cents

CQ is a jerk.

Happy Birthday James!

January 20, 2012 @ 6:30 PM

twins from bolton

@ David

Nicely said. Similar situation myself growing up. Us as parents have to to do the best as we can for our kids always.

Happy Birthday James

January 20, 2012 @ 7:09 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Congrats Mike and James, may you be as close your whole life.

January 20, 2012 @ 7:11 PM


Who do you blame your assholic tendencies on CQ? I think it's your jealously of Mike.


January 20, 2012 @ 8:26 PM


@elvis (20:26)
That's Ford Canada's fault - as a knowledgable member of Ford Int'l's marketing efforts where women buy as many vehicles as men? Mike is just getting a good deal from it all.
Beyond that, I'll just leave my first comment here alone. This is a young son's day!

January 20, 2012 @ 10:30 PM


Nice post, Mike.

January 21, 2012 @ 10:17 AM


Well done, Mike! What a handsome young man. What is James doing to celebrate?

January 21, 2012 @ 12:55 PM


I didn't want to sully my previous post by pointing out that CQ is a douche.

January 21, 2012 @ 12:57 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

He and 7 friends went to Tintin today. Saw it in 3D... it was pretty good!

January 22, 2012 @ 1:06 AM


Good job Mike. That pic of u & newly born James is very sweet. Show it to his dates when he starts doing so!

January 22, 2012 @ 2:18 AM

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