Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My life as David Lee Roth

I sometimes feel like David Lee Roth, constantly surrounded by California girls. Earlier this week, my mom finished a stay in California, so she joined Tova, Sophie and Chloe in my manly household. Mathematically, there was only a 20 percent chance of being a male in that scenario.

As I live a charmed life, I've often felt that the worst part of my life is Wednesday morning teacher meetings, in which I take the girls to school well before it starts and then teachers pretend to care about their jobs. What annoys me, and some other teachers, is that I actually do care about my job, and each week, I ask myself if the pretending will ever stop.

Anyway, with Grandma in the mix, she took the girls to school as it started for those horrific meetings, and she did a lot in terms of overall support for my household. Thank you, Grandma! We all miss you already!

Tova is like Grandma in the sense that she, too, does so much for me and the girls. It is a lot to ask a significant other to come into a scenario with two daughters and a failed marriage, and Tova has accepted and thrived with this situation. I am lucky to have her, and I appreciate all that she does.
Why do I have all these thoughts now about the awesome ladies in my life? Well, maybe Grandma's visit helped me see that being a single dad doesn't mean my life isn't necessarily "me and the girls vs. the world." We have Grandma's support, Tova's support and a lot of support from family and friends. ... The only rub is that nowadays, it feels like it is decidedly feminine.

Do I yearn to smoke cigars, drink brandy and play poker? Well, I just played poker the other day, and successfully finished in 13th place of 14 players. I'm not a big fan of cigars or brandy, but maybe I'm just realizing these ladies accept me for being the fantasy-golf addicted, Chewbacca collecting, Nintendo playing Polack that I am.