|Not the New Face of Dad. Impressive Dad jawline, though.|
Our instructions were very clear: we were not to talk about what we do as Dads -- because let's face it, dads everywhere do a lot of similar stuff. We put food on tables. We apply band-aids. We make our kids bring their dishes into the kitchen. We try to help them with math without seeming like we're helping. We play Mario Kart with them (even though we'd be perfectly to play it alone, without those pesky kids getting in our way). We tell them that we are not going to ask them to pick their clothes up off the floor one more time SO HELP ME.
I don't know about you, but I would not so much be interested in watching a video about that on YouTube. Especially when there's all those other great videos of pageant contestants tripping on stage, and newscasters throwing up on live TV.
We weren't asked to talk about what we do as Dads. Instead, we were asked to talk about how we feel. Our footage was brought together to make one video that's part of Philips Norelco's campaign celebrating The New Face of Dad.
I was looking forward to contributing, but I was also nervous. Part of our job was to tell a Dad story of our own. If I was going to tell one important tale about being Mini-Pirate's father, it's pretty obvious what mine was gonna have to be at this point. And even though I'd already told it before and blogged about it, I'd always had my little Anonymity Blanket to keep me warm and safe.
Turns out to film a video, they expect you to have a face and stuff. Gulp.
So I did mine. I vowed not to go through too many takes. I also vowed not to go back and look at the finished product too many times once it went live later. That happened yesterday, by the way. I did watch it. I discovered exactly how expansive my forehead is (when the Hell did THAT happen?). And I got reacquainted with the old adage that the camera adds ten pounds to one's ears. So... there will be no more watching of the video for me.
But if you check it out, you can see five guys talking about fatherhood: Clay, Jim, Jon, Whit and me. Our stories are different, but we all have one thing in common, which becomes pretty damn clear right away. And if you were to add 5 more dads to the final edit, or 50 more, that same commonality would still be there.
We all love our kids.
You can see the video here. And you can check out the slightly longer individual videos from everyone here. Interesting stuff there too.
Happy Father's Day, Gentlemen.
P.S. Once more, thanks to Doug French, the inimitable Laid-Off Dad, for letting me be a part of this.