Ryan... not to diminish what you're saying and possibly offend you in some way (heh heh), but have you found your views on certain things (whether words or not.... but say violence, or just general jackassery) has changed since you became a father?
I know we can't protect our kids from it forever, and they live in a real world, where real awful crap happens, and people get hurt. But does your heart ache a little at certain situations and you just think, "Now's not the time for this"? I just am honestly wondering if I went through some magical transformation the day I became a fourth grade teacher, and it only deepened nine years ago when my son was born and then even to another level entirely four years ago when my daughter was born, or what the hell happened? I just seem to be a totally different person. I am not "offended" by much of anything. Try being a Mormon. We're nailed with a constant barrage of silliness (and that's how I take it, because I know people are just messing with me to get a rise). But the kid thing is something that has really changed for me. I don't do the mock "offense" and overly PC bologna. There are just some things that set me off. I find I've turned into that old man who yells at the teenagers speeding through the neighborhood and throws a rock at their car to get their attention. I don't know if that is offense really, but I get really agitated. I just can't stand it when a kid comes to me and tells me their parent called them every name in the book and they feel worthless. It makes me angry. I guess that's offense. I get offended for others then. It has been steadily building for about the last 15 or so years, and it is out of character for me, but I think the kid thing just changes the whole conversation.
R.I.P. Dad. I miss you. You will never be forgotten
1/12/39 - 8/7/08