Yes, as a dad (or a mum), I'm sure we've all felt all of the above at some point - actually, at many points! I stumbled across this viral ad this week (it’s a Fiat 500 car ad) which not only made me chuckle out loud, but took me back to the early days of being a first time dad.
Those sleepless days and nights… I remember driving up the local “mountain” at least once a day, partly to get out of the house and away from the in-laws, but more so for those gently winding curves which seemed to lull my daughter to sleep. You know until I watched the video I had forgotten about being relieved that she had finally dozed off, only for me to stop to relax and admire the view – foolish me, every-one told me about taking the baby for a drive but no-one told me about never stopping the car! Yep, screaming child!
Lucky for me though (and unlike the guy in the vid), I never had to do the midnight drive in the car.
“Keep the gear changes light” sings the guy – yep, I remember looking back in the rear-view mirror at the young guy behind me in his souped-up car getting more and more fed up with being stuck behind the guy driving like someone’s granddad. Yes, I was warned about the sleepless nights and dirty nappies, but no-one told me that when I had kids I would learn to drive like an old man...
The Fiat 500 looks like a pretty cool car though, maybe I can convince my wife to swap our lumbering people carrier for one next time we change cars, it’ll be a bit more fun on the windy mountain roads.
The best line of the song though has to come at the end, and it sheds light on what’s in store for our kids in 20 or so years in the future, as the man says, “I’ll get my own back when I’m dancing at your wedding.”