White Coat Underground


Having a daughter in my late 30’s, I began my fatherhood journey a bit later than many. I don’t have much to compare it with, but I do wonder how I’m going to keep up with the little princess. Mrs. Pal got us a Trail-a-Bike for Father’s day—that’s one of those “half bikes” you hook up to your own, effectively creating a tandem bike. PalKid can hold on and peddle if she feels like it. That’s a serious workout. When we were up north, I dragged her everywhere (and vice versa) and she dropped off too sleep nice and early every evening (which I wish I could have done, but 7:30 is pretty weak for a grown up).

Yeah, for now, I’m still physically her better (aesthetically, not so much), but I know she’ll pass me pretty soon, and it’ll be me whining about climbing up the hill to the cabin.

But I’ll never ask her for “uppie”.


  1. #1 Rev Matt
    July 21, 2009

    I’m 40, my eldest is 5. I know precisely what you mean.

  2. #2 joemac53
    July 21, 2009

    I’m 56. My youngest just graduated from high school. Whew!

  3. #3 Arikia
    July 21, 2009

    My mom had me when she was 41 and raised me by herself. I feel a bit responsible for her gray hairs…. Granted, once she got me a computer I didn’t run her quite so ragged. Just wait maybe until she’s 10 or so to install DOOM. That game gave me nigtmares!

  4. #4 Erin
    July 21, 2009

    You need to get a fullscale tandem. Then she can help you get up the hills! I think my mom had me just so she could train her own stoker from a young age.

  5. #5 Denice Walter
    July 21, 2009

    Don’t be silly! My father was way older than you are: I never noticed. *He* was the one with the plans to ski,skate,swim,visit museums,walk around various cities all day,or take trips to interesting places all over the US.If he got tired,he sure hid it well from me.More importantly, he was not stuck in a time-warp:he kept up with the times, especially culturally, politically,and (of course) Market-wise.

  6. #6 Mu
    July 22, 2009

    I was a happy bachelor at 40, now I hope my kids are our of college by the time I’m 65. Wouldn’t miss them for the world so.

  7. #7 Danimal
    July 22, 2009

    Hmm. I am 48 with a now 10 year old son. I did not get married until I was 33 and debt free. It is allot better then people who have kids way to young. I think ones 20s are best doing the stuff that most people dream of when they retire, but then do not have the health to actually do them or have become to old and comfortable. On the other hand, I am getting to old to do the sport stuff and father in is 20s or 30s may do.

  8. #8 Danimal
    July 22, 2009

    Last sentence should read: I am getting to old to do the sports stuff a father in his 20s or 30s may do.

  9. #9 Ranson
    July 23, 2009

    My brother and I were just talking about how Dad was seeming to slow down some in the last few years. Of course, he’s in his early 60s, so that can be expected. It’s still disconcerting, though.

  10. #10 Chas, PE SE
    July 25, 2009

    When your daughter peddles, how much does she get for her merchandise? And is she still pedaling when she sells stuff?

    Seriously, I wish they’d had those half bikes when my daughters had been younger. I once saw a couple on a tandem, with one of those attached; with a bike trailer behind that! They looked like a freight train.

  11. #11 lori b
    July 26, 2009

    we miss that cute little tush. when do we get to see it again?
    (btw…im referring to HER cute little tush…not yours!)

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