“You’re a good dad, Tatay”

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It’s amazing how perceptive kids are. Their questions and insights can sometimes be so profound you just become speechless.

One time Coco and I went to the library to return some books and borrow new ones. I was listening to an audiobook for fathers. When I was pulling out of the library to turn into another street, the audiobook mentioned some tips on being a good father.

From the back of the car, Coco said: “you’re a good dad, Tatay.” I was taken aback. Of course I felt flattered. And I just asked him about the things he loves doing with me. He mentioned the rough play we usually do, the times that we color the images on his coloring books, the way we play cars and other toys.

My work requires me to travel quite a bit and on those times, I terribly miss my wife and my son. I especially miss those moments that my son asks questions and talks with me, and surprises me with affectionate, profound words.

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