If someone were to ask, ‘Who was your first hero?’, most men would say (after some embarrassed shuffling from side to side) that their dad was the first person that they truly admired, the one person who they spent their formative years trying to emulate. Batman to your Robin, most dads come with an array of super powers and secret wisdom. Swimming coach, driving instructor and dispenser of emergency ten pound notes, Dad is the original alpha male and for an impressionable young man, a personal superhero.
Of course, in their late teens and college years, young men look for new heroes. Clothes, music, and hairstyles they will later come to regret, are all recruited to the cause of trying to differentiate themselves from Dad. But for most of us there comes a day of reckoning when, despite all our efforts, we realise that Robin has grown up to be like Batman and, in so many ways, we have turned out to be… just like Dad.
1. Do you get up before seven o’clock? Even on Sundays?
There was a time not long ago when rising at six meant taking your coffee with the evening news. Not any more. Now you find yourself drumming your fingers if the paperboy is ten minutes late. Just like Dad.
Remember those ‘to do’ lists from your college days? OK, no-one does. But how you love a list now – holidays, DIY projects, even a weekend with the boys all call for a detailed list, and, just like dad, do you triumphantly tick off each item for the whole family to see?