It has been fun watching my Grandson Dax begin to form sounds and at times, actual words. It has been even more fun watching his Mom and Dad debate why “Dad” came out of his little pie hole, I mean baby food hole, before he uttered “Mama.” After a few minutes of research, my daughter Riley will be pleased to know it is not for a lack of love for her but rather his front teeth coming in. You see, these “dental consonant” sounds are made when the tongue hits the back of the teeth. “Dada” is easier for a baby to utter than “Mama.” As Father’s Day approaches in just a few days, here is a call out to a few of the Dads that have impacted my life, for better or for weird. Charlie: 60 years ago you moved a young Mother and two little kids to Michigan to provide them a better life. Two more kids were added to the mix and we’re all thankful you made that decision. Ken: No one can tell a story better than Ken. The youngest of 11 kids from a small Indiana town called Windfall. Jonathan: Only a clever Dad will bake $100 bills, into cupcakes, hoping to win the votes of his kids for our annual dessert contest. Dan: Determined that over 25 years ago the love for his three boys had no equal and has been sober and an inspiration for everything that a “Dad” should be ever since. Alex: He’s new at this “Dad” thing but he’s already acting like an old pro, making Dax feel the love only a Dad can show. Jamie: Not only a great Dad to his three kids, but also to thousands of other kids who have passed through Haslett High School. Joe: The ultimate love for his kids. No, he didn’t risk his life. He just let three of them move back home after they graduated college until they could find a place of their own. Those are just a few of the Dads in my world, hope you have some Dads that impact your life. For better or weird. This will be my last “For Pete’s Take” column for this great publication. I have started a new adventure that will merit my full attention. I want to thank all of you who said I made you smile or chuckle. My wife Brenda, who provided me with a lot of material and Tiffany Dowling for letting me have the opportunity to be a part of this magazine.
Pete Ruffing is the Sales Director at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. He and his wife of 14 years Brenda live in Okemos.