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Father Of The Year

Until recently, I may have been the only person of my generation (or younger) who hadn’t heard Psy’s Gangnam Style all the way through. That shit was everywhere for a while, there, and I studiously ignored it.

I did hear/see a bit of it at Brother Craig’s house when he called up the youtubes on his big screen TV, and after asking “what is this shit I’m watching?” I quickly tuned it out and returned to my wine while he laughed and laughed at his fine joke. He knew I’d hate it.

Anyway. I easily forgot all about the song, as it was most popular two years ago. And then, recently, our kids watched an animated film called The Nut Job, which didn’t interest them all that much (they’ll appreciate it more when they’re older, I think). And that’s fine, at least they tried it. The only thing about the film that interested us grown-ups was that a friend of ours from high school was Animation Director for the whole thing. He’s worked in animation for years, so it looks like he’s definitely moving up in the world, and good on him. He’s always done great work.

Unfortunately, though, guess what song appears in the end credits of that film. Oh yes. The kids thought the little dancing animated man was hilarious, and proceeded to jump around the living room to it, laughing like loons. They made me replay that part three times. They liked the credits better than the movie, honestly… Our kids might be weird. [NB: every parent says that, at some point or other]. Our son, the five-year-old, has recently mastered the horse-riding dance. Oh dear.

They started asking for the song. They wanted it in the car, on their Kids Music CD. I delayed a bit, because I knew what it meant – endless repetition of a song that goes against all that is good and pure in music – but I am a Daddy and a real softie (read: SUCKER), so of course it made it into the mix. And the kids love it. They howl with laughter at the lyrics, which they think are just gibberish (not knowing it’s sung in Korean). They bounce along to its Pump Up The Jam rip-off beat and have a great time. Our 3-year-old daughter will come up to me at random times and yell “OPPA GANG-UM STAR!!” and then jump away, laughing, waving her arm over her head like the guy does in the video. It is cute when she gets the words wrong, I will admit.

Sigh. I swear, the things we do for our kids. I can only hope it’s a passing phase. Otherwise, I’m gonna need a Parent Of The Year award for indulging this.

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