I can easily fall into the trap of expecting the extraordinary of my husband on a daily basis, and his reward is a kiss on the cheek before we fall into bed exhausted. Becoming a parent obviously changes one's life, and learning new ways to do things becomes standard. But with Father's Day coming up, I want to call attention to something my husband has started to do ever since "we" became "three" that illustrates how well he's embraced being a parent: he's learning to cook dinner!
Don't get me wrong -- I love to cook, and I know it's (supposed to be) standard out there for couples to share chores, etc. But before baby C. came along, I was in charge of almost all of the cooking, mainly because I enjoy it and care more about what we eat. But combine a full-time job, a commute, and day care pickup all together, getting dinner on the table within a reasonable time frame was just overwhelming. So, seeing the need, my husband now gets home before us to put together a meal so that we can eat as a family almost every night.
The words "cook dinner" seem so simple, but the actual activity can be so much more than that. When my husband decided he needed to learn to cook to help out the family, the impact on our lives was significant and wonderful. Some nights we may just be having grilled cheese for dinner, but that's just fine with us. Not only do we have a meal to come home to, but he's being a wonderful role model for our son. What an awesome dad.