While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. He loves war movies, obsesses over his fantasy baseball team and makes a mean stir-fry. You can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I was going to begin with a joke, but most of the ones I’ve heard recently revolve around either Charlie Sheen or Anthony Weiner, so in the name of good taste, I’ll go forward from here.
When Theresa asked me to fill in for her for a month, I had to think about it for a while. I wanted to make sure I had the time to honor my commitment, but I also wasn’t sure if I could provide the level of insight and excellence that Theresa shows here on a daily basis.Our personalities are drastically different – she’s a category 5 tornado to my summer breeze – and that will show in our writing styles. So bear with me while I find my voice, and hopefully you’ll enjoy my time here and I can become a part of your great community.
As Theresa mentioned on Friday, I was the sports editor of the Athens Banner-Herald for four years until resigning in 2007 to take over as the primary caregiver of our son Ty, who is now 5. I’ve also covered UGA football and other sports on a freelance basis the past three years for the AJC, where I also write a weekly Q&A called Actual Factual Georgia.
Having the last four years with my son was the best move we could have made as a family. My wife Lori also is a freelance writer for many publications, including the AJC’s Homefinder section and Q&A on the News.
Being at home with Ty has been a challenge at times, but also incredibly rewarding. Not many men have the opportunity to spend most every day with their growing son, and I’m blessed to be able to do that.
I’ll write about the challenges I’ve faced – and continue to find — as a dad in a world of moms, and what we’ve learned as a family. I’ll also pass along any tidbits and info I find in the world of virtual parentdom, otherwise known as the Internet.
Welcome to Momania’s Dad Days of Summer.
Do you know of any dads who put their careers on hold to raise their children? What do you think about that?
If you’re a dad raising his children, share your experiences and leave some words of advice or encouragement for the other guys out there.
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog