Being a longtime comic geek naturally made it harder to meet girls, which in turn pushed back the time when I had a kid. But now that I have the wife and kid, the geekiness comes in handy.
1. Making up stories on the spot.
My daughter wants a bedtime story starring herself, monsters, and Ladybug Girl? No problem. Daddy will dungeon-master this piece on the fly.
Then they all went to a party, where they danced, and had juice and ate … what did they eat? Peanut butter and raisins? You got it.
2. Passable chalk drawings.
Decades of drawing superheroes, the Nightchild, and Susan Downs have led me to this point: I can do a passable cartoon character in sidewalk chalk. This here is Elmo:
And this is Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
I wish I had a picture of my Cat in the Hat, which is my opus so far. Unfortunately, it got rained out before I took a photo.
3. No need to look cool.
Here’s the big one: I read comics on the bus. I wore a fedora to school all through eighth grade. Do you think I care if I have a Tinkerbell sticker on my forehead? You think I won’t stand on my head in the middle of the yard? You think I won’t have a tea party in a crowded restaurant? Pass the crumpets, kiddo.
I’ll probably have to figure out how to tone it down by the time she hits middle school. But luckily, she has her mother to teach her how to be cool.