Dispatches from the Frontlines of Fatherhood: Smartphone Shame

Scott William Carter   December 8, 2010  

The scene:  I’m sitting at the kitchen table surfing the Web with my new smart phone.  My seven-year-old daughter is doing her spelling homework next to me.

K:  Daddy?

Me:  Yes?

K:  Do you love your new phone?

Me:  What?

K (suppressing a smile):  Do you want to marry it?  You spend all your time with it.  I thought maybe you loved it.   Maybe you should marry it.

Me:  Very funny.  (Thinking:  Nothing like getting shamed by a seven-year-old.)