One Day You'll Thank Me : Lessons from an Unexpected Fatherhood
by McGlynn, David







Daddy Did It
3(10)
Dead Santa
13(12)
The Ride of Angry Galen
25(12)
I Not Did It
37(11)
Uno Is the Loneliest Number
48(14)
Heirlooms
62(12)
The Deep End
74(9)
Sleep or Die
83(11)
In the Tank
94(11)
Sh*t Kids Say
105(11)
For Sale by Owner
116(10)
Ordinary Time
126(11)
Please Forgive My Spotless Home
137(8)
Tasks
145(16)
The Fourth B
161(9)
The D Word
170(11)
Sea Glass
181(12)
Get Up the Yard
193(14)
The Q Word
207(18)
Saturday Night's All Right for Fighting
225(15)
Can You Hear Me Now?
240(15)
Acknowledgments255


The award-winning author of The End of the Straight and Narrow and teacher at Lawrence University in Wisconsin describes with honesty and humor the life lessons he learned becoming a father to two small sons.





DAVID MCGLYNN is the author of the memoir A Door in the Ocean and the story collection The End of the Straight and Narrow, winner of the 2008 Utah Book Award for Fiction. Recent work-including excerpts from One Day You'll Thank Me-has appeared in The New York Times, Men's Health, O, The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Parents, and elsewhere. Three of his essays have been named Notable Essays in the Best American Essays anthology and another, "Rough Water," appeared in Best American Sports Writing in 2009. He teaches at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.





Parenthood is never easy, especially when it's a surprise. For McGlynn, who first became a father as a broke graduate student and for the second time shortly after moving across the country for a job, fatherhood was immediately filled with ups and downs. A child of divorce, McGlynn grew up calling his dad whenever he needed to talk and continued to do so when his early adulthood insisted on throwing him curveballs: "To grow up longing for a father is to grow up preoccupied with fatherhood itself." Years later, with both sons in school and life established in the Midwest, things still haven't settled down, but in a positive way. Each brutally honest chapter is filled with heart and humor as McGlynn shares his most tender and most trying moments as a parent. "Fatherhood, as I've come to understand it, is an endlessly moving target, especially when it comes to boys." All parents will relate and enjoy, but fathers of sons will most certainly relish this charming and hilarious tale of fatherhood. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.





A father shares stories of his childhood and those of his two sons.McGlynn (A Door in the Ocean, 2012, etc.) was not expecting to become a father when he did. When he and his wife found out their first child was on the way, he gulped nervously and moved into the role with a mixture of trepidation and elation. The author gathers tales of his two young sons and of his own childhood into an entertaining, humorous, and enlightening series of essays on fatherhood. Readers learn of his longing for his father, who divorced his mother and moved away when the author was 12. Suddenly, his father's physical presence was reduced to a few weeks during the year, so McGlynn learned snippets of wisdom on growing into adulthood over the telephone, a touching memory of a pre-digital era. The author also shares moments of pride: watching his son at his first swim meet, supporting him at basketball games, and seeing him use the author's old skateboard. McGlynn doesn't ignore his struggles with h is children: trying to discipline them when they used profanity, told their classmates that Santa was dead, or would not go to sleep at night. Throughout, the author's love for his children is palpable, as is his feeling of achievement at having done the best that he could regardless of the situation. He and his wife have favored a smaller home in order to have more money for travel, giving up material goods for the chance to create lasting memories with their children, and he hopes they appreciate that approach as they grow into adults and have their own children. Overall, the book is neither shallow nor profound but a pleasing blend of humor and humility that shows what it means to be a father in America today. A father tells timeless, funny, and honest stories of raising boys. Copyright Kirkus 2018 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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