I've been a new dad for less than a year. I have 11 year old twins, a boy and a girl. It's been a completely mind blowing experience, and while I think I've kept my head above water, there are times (lots of times) where I've second guessed myself and felt like a failure. My wife tells me that's a normal, it's part of being a parent.
But this week, I think I scored a few dad points with my son. He's a huge Journey fan. And I mean HUGE! In fact, Journey was the first concert I took him and my daughter to as their new dad last year. Both loved it.
I also follow most of the members of the band on twitter. Alex is amazed by Neal Schon and how he plays the guitar. In fact, I don't think there's anyone who plays a guitar like Neal does. So when I started tweeting with Neal, and asked if he could give a "shout out" to my son, Neal was kind enough to do so.
I sent the tweet to my son...and he was silent as he read it. That's good, it means he was impressed, and probably a little embarrassed.
Anyway, it had been a tough week at work, and I know I probably hadn't been spending as much time with the kids as I should. Being able to hear Alex's reaction to this (and the text my wife sent me later "he's really happy") made me, for a few minutes, feel like a better dad. Thanks Neal.