When I was born, my dad got me a bib that said, Cop In Training. When I was five, I got a toy police car. When I was six, I spent every afternoon at the station. Same with seven...eight...nine...most of ten. When I was eleven, he took me and Gus to a big Cop show thing. When I was twelve he came to my school. And talked about being a cop.
When I was born, I just wanted to sleep. When I was five, I wanted to fly. When I was six to nine, I wanted to be a cop. When I was ten, I wanted to be a fireman. When I was eleven, I wanted to be a rock star. When I was twelve, I wanted to be an astronaut. When I was sixteen...I wanted to be anything but him.
His name is Henry Spencer. He's a retired Police Officer.
My name is Shawn Spencer. I'm not a Police Officer.
I never flew. I never became a cop. I never became a fireman. I never became a rock star (Except this one time, when me and Gus went on American Duos). I never became an astronaut (unless you count the ride at Disney) But I am not him. For the most part.
At my birthday last year, the chief of the station where I sometimes work came up to me, and said I acted nothing like my Dad.
I was pleased.
But then she said I reminded her of him somehow.
And after this-or-that many years, I'm starting to wonder if that's such a bad thing. I'm not going to be able to fly like Superman, I'm never going to be a cop, I doubt I'll be a fireman, I might be a rock star (I've got the amazing looks and hair) and, unless you count the ride at Disney, I'm not going to be an astronaut.
But maybe I'll be a little more like him.
Just not...exactly like him.
When I have a kid, I'll let them choose what they want to be. I'll get them a bib that says Daddy Loves Me. When they turn five, I'll give them candy, a hug, and a trip to the park. When they're six-to-ten, I'll let them go to their friend's houses after school, or their friends will come home with them. When they're eleven, I'll see if they want to come with me to work. They can if they want to. When they're twelve, I'm going to go to their school and embarrass the crap out of them.
But I'll let them choose what they want to be.
And maybe they'll be a little like me.