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A top dad or a fool?

So this weekend marks a number of landmarks in the Holland household.

My eldest son turned 17 which rather dates my act!

But as well as this – two other landmarks…

On IMDBpro (the internet movie database) – it states on the page of Tom Holland – that he is 5ft 6. This is not a dizzy height. Certainly, not a height to aspire to. But it is all the inches that I ever managed. Yesterday, against the wall in our kitchen – and then for confirmation, Tom and I went back to back…

It is now official, Tom is taller than me.

This means that his IMDB is wrong – because he is now 5ft 7 (with hopefully a new more inches to go) – either that, or I am shrinking already and this is not something I prepared to countenance.

And the final landmark.

Last week, Tom and I played golf. On the 18th hole, Tom beat me. I only managed to cling on for so long because he can’t putt. So what prompts the title of this post – am I a hero dad or a fool?

Well, for his birthday, I bought him a swanky new putter.

You can decide for yourselves which I am.


10 thoughts on “A top dad or a fool?”

  1. I think you are a wonderful dad, I only wish my daughter’s father cared for her in the same way. You are setting a great example to your sons, who I am sure will go on to be lovely fathers too (and not forgetting your wife must have had something to do with it too!!!!)

    1. hi sharon, that’s very kind of you – but we all do our best I guess and hope for some luck along the way as well – of which I have had a decent share or slice

      1. Thank you Dominic for your reply, you’ve made my day (as wasn’t expecting), sadly you are wrong when you say “we all try our best”, as my chocolate T-pot of an ex couldn’t be bothered to try even a little bit (My very loyal daughter has given him numerous chances over the last 10 years, to no avail). My daughter and I love seeing you guest on The Wright Stuff, and your love for your family and your massive respect for your wife always shines through.

        He has been such a negative character in her life, so it has been a hard slog ensuring that she knows that most fathers are wonderful (don’t want her to be a man-hater), so it helps to see you on TV. (sorry for waffling)

        1. Oh dear, sorry to hear this – but you seem to be a pillar of a parent and this alone is a great place on which your daughter should build – albeit not to belittle her heartache but to say, she is more fotunate than a great many – so build from there – and all good fortune to you both.

  2. you sound like my dad well my step dad and his a top dad so you are a top dad but my real dad well he is a dick I have not seen my real dad in 15 year and he has been in prison for trying to stip my mum with a kichen knif

  3. I always enjoy your amusing slices of life. I think of fast shows sad competitive dad and consider that a man at peace with himself wants his son to be a better version of himself.
    That has to feel like success as a parent, but with himself at 7, I’m only getting beaten at battleships, it may hurt more when he beats me at everything!

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