Thursday, November 13, 2008

Clacky McSnackins

Clacky McSnackins, a 25 year old parent to a 2 year old son, is in active duty with the U.S. Air Force and lives in Anchorage Alaska. This is his review, posted on Helium.com, of my book “Why a Son Needs a Dad”:

Concept
This book goes through all of the great things about being a father. Not just the good times, but the hard times, and the life lessons as well. It offers a large number of pictures and after each are pithy statements. For example: a picture of a son and dad playing soccer together on the first page, and on the next page it says “A son needs a dad to teach him to be a gracious winner, as well as a gracious loser.”

The book is pretty much a focus on what it says is a boy's very first hero, his father.

Personal Thoughts One of the greatest events that has ever happened in my life has been the creation of my son. Without my child, I don't know what I would do. He has meant everything in the world to me. I love my wife with all of my heart, but having someone that is a piece of you, is truly amazing, and there are no words that can fully describe the way that a father feels for his first son. I know that he's going to be a little demon, but I know that I am going to love him, laugh with him, and help him throughout his life.

To see a book that really goes to show that special bond between a father and a son, that is unlike any other relationship on earth, is truly special to me. I see a lot of myself and my own son, even though he is still quite young, in the pictures that they display throughout the book. The moments that I have shared with Jordan, although they are stupid to anyone that hasn't had the opportunity and I truly stress the word 'opportunity' to have children of their own, are truly amazing.

While I know that I don't have any of the memories that are in the book yet, as Jordan is barely even born, I look at the book and think about what great times we are going to have together as he grows older. I imagine all of the trouble he is going to get himself into and how I'm going to have to stick up for him when he is in trouble with mommy (when I say stick up, I mean I'm just going to sit there and shut-up, mommy wins). I think about how great of a relationship we are going to have together and of all the memories that we will share and who knows, maybe we'll have our own book, just like this one.

Overview The book is filled with loads of different pictures of father's and son's interacting with one another. From playing soccer, to fishing, to just hanging out, they definitely capture the relationships between father and son perfectly. I don't think there's a single interaction that could be better than the ones depicted in the book.

The best thing about the book is rather than just being a picture book, it is filled with wisdom that we fill our children with and inspiring phrases that make you feel so much pride about being a father and having a son.

I can't think of a better gift for any father than this book. It truly does summarize what it means to be a father and to have a son, especially a son as your very first child.

Thanks McSnackins!

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