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.