Fatherly Restraint

  1. 1.
    Feeling a little silly at the dinner table, our 7-year-old son leaned over close to me, stared, and gave me a playful stink eye.
  2. 2.
    Pausing and staring back, I responded in a very authoritarian voice, "If your mother was not here, I would burp at you."
  3. 3.
    My son smiled, but I was immediately filled with regret, because I had actually said this in front of his mother.
  4. 4.
    Sheepishly, I glanced across the table toward my lovely bride, who happens to embrace the use of table manners. She was smiling.
  5. 5.
    Apparently, she also recognizes an act of Fatherly Playfulness, as well as Fatherly Restraint.