Would you trade being a dad for the single and free life?

Like Shrek did when he signed the contract that Rumpelstiltskin tricked him into signing in Shrek Forever After [don’t ask me how many times I’ve watched this movie]. Shrek then gets transported into an alternate timeline enjoying his single and free life but not realizing that he’s allowed Rumple to erase him from existence.

His allowance of this was due to the burdens he bore and a mid-life crisis phase he was going through. That of being a husband, new dad and no longer the ogre he was renowned for.

Again, the question …

Would you trade being a dad for the single and free life?

I remember the first time I held my oldest daughter Sharon in my arms the day she was born. And to think it’s been a decade already.

Fighting to hold back the tears [because I’m Superman] I looked down at this helpless little bundle and knew I would move heaven and earth for her if I could.

To think that I could capture an equally great moment by witnessing my son Ethan’s birth is mere madness. I have been truly blessed to witness great moments as these and many more in my lifetime.

These moments are pictures framed and tucked away neatly in my heart. There is nothing in the world that could steal them away from me and I will guard these memories till my days end.

The journey however, has not been easy. I’ve had my fair share of wanting to bang my head on the wall days and end of my rope moments as well.

But such is life.

A series of moments, all interwoven into the fabric of time, and tagged with a beginning and an end.

Sometimes Good
Sometimes Bad
Sometimes Silent
Sometimes Sad
Sometimes Noisy
Sometimes Glad
Sometimes Happy
Sometimes Mad
Sometimes Merry
Sometimes Dread
Sometimes Joyful

Go tell TED [I didn’t want to break the rhythm]

Being dad is one of the greatest privileges we have been given.

But —

As in the last word’s of Peter Parker’s uncle:

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

Would I give up this great responsibility for something a little easier or for a day to be single and free?

My answer:


I will not trade being a dad for anything in this world.

Shrek of course learnt his lesson the hard way and had to fight to get back the love of his life and his family. Surely regretting his hasty decision and fully realizing what it is he gave up.

Word of advice…

Don’t, listen to Rumple.

Why wouldn’t you trade being a dad for the single and free life?
Share your thoughts in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “Would you trade being a dad for the single and free life?”

  1. Nice post. Yeah, despite the million times I say it, I don’t think I could go back to being single. The few times when the kids are sleeping over at grandma’s the house feels so empty and alone.

    1. Thank you Rob. I know the feeling of having an empty house. I normally get up and look around as if a part of me is missing and yet it was me who gave the OK to go to grandma’s house 😀

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