Being a Dad = Superhero

Sometimes I’m pretty sure that being a dad means being a superhero.  At least, it’s what being a dad means for my husband.  Sure, he’s demonstrated his skill in a father’s role through bathing our kids, making baby food, soothing a savage toddler, and just generally being an awesome dad who defies the stupid stereotypes…  But this time, he’s found a new level of awesome.

For almost a year, Norton has been carrying around his Pillow.  Pillow goes nearly everywhere.  It’s gone with us to the park.  It’s been on numerous shopping trips.  It’s been the source of sadness when I had to give it a bath.  Pillow had been stitched back up on multiple occasions when a seam started to come apart. This time, Pillow needed surgery that went beyond a simple stitch job on the seam.

Nothing in the world is more loved than a Pillow

Pillow’s fabric started to weaken and thin on the back. Then it got a little hole. The husband and I began to discuss the need to repair Pillow. Obviously, we couldn’t just toss the thing, no matter how destroyed it got. We’d have to fix it. The husband also suggested that there might be a limit as to how much we could repair Pillow before it stopped being Pillow.  That’s no good, either.  Still, though, we needed to figure out how we were going to repair Pillow in the very near future.  Within a couple of days, that little hole was a complete rip.

The husband, being the amazing dad that he is, decided that he was going to fix Pillow.  He took an old beige pillow case and cut it to be the same size as Pillow.  He threw out the old, yucky stuffing and patiently sat down and picked out the stitches holding Pillow together.  It took forever… until he realized that he could use the stitch ripper to just rip out the threads in one go instead of doing each one individually.  I suggested that he go to his mom’s house and use her sewing machine to get it done, otherwise he was going to spend the entire day fixing Pillow.

He went.  He came back home with a happy boy and a fluffy, newly stuffed, repaired Pillow.  Even more impressive?  He didn’t have his mother do it for him while he was there.  He sat down with the sewing machine and spent a lot of time learning how to use it and repair Pillow properly.  As far as Norton’s concerned, his daddy is definitely a superhero.

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Sewing Pillow is true super hero status! Well done!

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