My wife is pregnant with our first child. There are only 29 days left till our due date! Things are getting pretty real now.
Now, I'm not sure if it's because my antennae are up or if this is a real social trend, but I feel like I'm seeing more and more in the media about manhood and fatherhood. Blogs, Radio, News reports, water-cooler talks... I feel there's someone talking about the gravity and importance of fathers and men in society.
I think there is a real movement today (at least here in eastern Australia) away from the "SNAG" image, or the "Metro-sexual" to a ballsy, adventurous, hard working man. I'm not talking about a revival of the Paul-Hogan-Crocodile-Dundee-"Throw-another-shrimp-on-the-barbie" Aussie bloke, here either. No, I'm talking about something that seems to be new. Something that this site -tAoM- looks like it's pointing to. A man who... well, is a man. A mix of old-school toughness and ingenuity, with a mix of new-school care and personal involvement.
I'm only young (25!), so I've got plenty of time to grow into a father, a man. I guess that's why kids are born small- so you can learn to be a Dad while they learn what one is.
Wish me luck. God willing, I'll be a Father soon enough.