On Becoming a Parent….

Scene: A Thursday night in November, San Francisco, dinner for about 16 people

Childless Friend: So Hunter, will it change when you’re a dad? [we’re expecting our first child this Jan/Feb]
Me: You know I’ve been thinking about that a lot. There are really two things I’m most excited about. First, to love something in a different and intense way but know that i can’t really control them. I want to hug but not too tight. The kid needs to find their own way also. Second, the chance to experience the world through the eyes of someone who is seeing it all for the first time. And to help them understand and interpret it. Man, i think that will be so cool.
Childless Friend: Uh okay, but i meant are you, like, still going to be able to come out to dinner?

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