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.

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Comment by Maria on August 7, 2009 at 8:05pm
Congratulations on the bairn!
Comment by Brett McKay on August 7, 2009 at 7:46pm
Congratulations Andrew! And I don't think you're noticing more man/father stuff just because you're about to be a dad. I do think there is a man movement afoot if you will. I think the world has been shaken up by the recession and people are more interested in traditional values and what it means to be a man. I was just at a little used bookstore here and asked if they had any old etiquette books and the guy said, "You know I had a lot of them, but I'm all sold out. Lately people have been coming in here and asking for them all the time." And yesterday I was talking to a Mason and I said something about how I hoped fraternal lodges don't die out and he said, that it's really strange, but they had 15! new initiates join up in the past month alone. There's definitely something going on...
Comment by James! on August 7, 2009 at 4:26pm
Congrats! Great age for a kid man. You got a lot of the good stuff heading your way.
Comment by Sir on August 7, 2009 at 11:14am

Yes, when ours was on the way, I saw "father" stuff all over the place. Your antennae *did* grow.

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