Lay Down Daddy Games? What?
About 7 years ago, I came home from work and sprawled out on the living room floor. Our place was small at the time and with a 1 and 2-year-old running around – my wife wasn’t too pleased.
“If you’re just going to lay there, go to bed.”
So, I did what any good husband and father would do. I called the kids over and came up with some little game where I could continue to lie there and then use it to justify my laying about on the floor.
“Aw babe, I haven’t seen the kids all day…”
Yes, it was 100% just to tease her. If there is one thing I am good at on this earth, it’s that.
So, this became a thing. Every couple of days, there I’d be, lying in the middle of the floor doing the absolute minimum and taking up as much floor space possible and shooting her a bratty look until I got eye contact, and when I got “that look” I’d raise my eyebrows with that overly innocent look (you know the one) and just say,
“What? What’s wrong honey?” I probably should have stopped there but I didn’t and I’m glad I didn’t.
Eventually, it became good fun and the kids and I were spending legitimate time together. It was great. Even my wife warmed up to it. We started calling them Lay Down Games and my kids called me Daddy so, Lay Down Daddy Games kind of took hold and that’s what we did. I always swore I’d make a silly book about it and have it illustrated like the safety manuals you see on a plane.
After about 3 years, I teamed up with an illustrator, took some reference photos and started the journey. THAT was 3 years ago. Today, I’ve finally got the book on Amazon. Its been a long haul and tons of ups and downs but I did it.