I’m blessed to have four kids call me Dad. At least, that’s what they call me to my face. They might have other terms of endearment when I’m out of earshot, but as long as it’s Dad, Daddy, Pops, Father Dearest, the Big Kahuna or Exalted One when I’m in their presence, I’m good to go.
Full disclosure: Two of our four “kids” are all grow’d up, married and living on their own. But the younger two are still teenagers — or that phase I liken to the pupa stage of a caterpillar’s life span where things get really ugly and hard for a while, just before the little critters break out, spread their miraculous new wings and fly away.
Of course, we certainly hope that each of our moths … er, kids will return home often for holiday reunions and family dinners (provided they bring a side dish or dessert, of course). Until that time, the two remaining young’uns still under our roof are also under our loving guidance and best attempts at lasting character development.