Syd has this cutesy thing she says when she sees old people and that’s “AWWW” followed by some definitive statement. We are driving and traffic is moving slow. We pass the obstacle and then, “Aww. It’s old people driving.” When we visit my mom it’s “Aww Gramma” followed by a hug. The awws happen for any given situation.“AWW, look old people. They are so cute”or “AWW they need a hug”.
One day I couldn’t find my cell phone. Syd looks at me and says,”Awww. It’s ok daddy. You will find your phone.” It took me about five minutes but I did find it. Another time I mentioned I was really tired and wanted to take a nap. ”Awww. It’s ok daddy. Go take a nap.”
On another occasion Syd was playing Call of Duty on her Playstation. I ask if I can play with her and she hands me a controller. First let’s talk about this darn game controller. It is NOTHING like a gun. How in the world do you “shoot” anything with this controller? I try to shoot people and instead I am shot to pieces multiple times. I get frustrated and give up. “Aww, it’s ok dad. You’ll figure it out as she pats my head.”
I have Sirius in the truck and a New Edition song came on. Syd says, “Oh I love this old school song. We were just playing this at school. That’s a classic!!” Hold up, the music I grew up on is now “Classic”? Syd leans over and touches my arm and says, “Aww. It’s ok dad. It’s not that old.”
It never occurs to me that I have been lumped into the “old people” category until the night I watch the Episode of The Walking Dead where Glen is killed by Negan with the brutal head blows. As I am sitting there hollerin “OH OH WOW” Syd looks up from her laptop towards me, pulls her headphones off and asks me what's wrong. I tell her and she says, ”Awww. It’s ok daddy. It’s just a tv show.”
And then it hits me. Wait!!! What did you just say? Aww daddy??? AHH HELL NAW!!! Don’t aww me. I am not OLD. She gets up from the other sofa comes over, hugs me, kisses me on the forehead and tells me not to be upset. She goes upstairs and I am sitting on the couch with the realization that I am now that old guy that I used to make fun of when I was a child.
P.S. She just aww’d me again when I described the game controller as a "remote". She corrected me and then said, “Aww. Is that what they called them when you were a kid”