New Thing #153: Doing Dad Things

Bike_SeatI don't mean to mislead you with that title. I've always done "Dad things".

It's just that for so long those things have entailed feedings and diaper changings and the like.

Things that I don't remember my dad doing because I was too little.

But now, as my kids are getting older, I'm doing some of the things for them that I remember my dad doing for me.

And that's what I think of when I think of "Dad things".

On Saturday, I spent some time doing these sorts of things.

I had to get the girls' bikes ready for the bike-riding season.

My first task failed - I have a pump at home and I tried to pump up their bike tires. I can't figure out that pump for anything. But the tires were passable enough for our ride.

The next thing was adjusting the seats. For some reason, this brought back a flood of memories from when I was younger and we'd get our bikes out, and my dad would adjust the bike seats.

It went well - a regular wrench did the trick on one bike, and then on the other bike I had to use an allen wrench. The cool thing about that is that I had never used an allen wrench for anything but the ready-to-be-made furniture (shelves, desks) that you buy at Bed Bath & Beyond or Target. Where the wrench and everything you need to make the thing comes in the package.

When I saw my daughter's bike seat I was shocked - there was no nut for a wrench or spot for a screwdriver or anything. Then I realized it looked like the kind of hole allen wrenches go into, so I tore through my toolbox to see if there was something in there that would fit in that hole.

Imagine my surprise when I saw that I owned a set of allen wrenches - including one that was perfect for this task.

It was very dad of me.

Next up, sometime in the next month - no more training wheels for my oldest daughter's bike.

Don't worry - I'll figure out a way to get them off.

I'm a dad.