I have three fantastic sons. They are 28, 27, 25. I will hit 65 next month. I was a relatively late-in-life father at 37, 38 and 40. High school friends were having their first grandchildren when I had my first child.
Already had been there and done that, traveled around the world, did the motorcycle thing down Hwy 1 and embraced the enormous responsibility of fatherhood quite willingly. No regrets.
I was 48 when Lise came into our lives and saved the little fraternity house that lived down below. She was such a great step-mom (instant mom- no waiting), we decided to try for one more. Her 'am-I-ever-gonna-be-a-mom' clock was in the 11th hour and I was 51.
Sarah celebrated her 14th birthday last week and it has certainly been a great ride on the older-parent train. I read this newspaper article (posted below) recently, about older dads and it seems there is a minor (ha- my sister and I have traded puns this week) trend for the gray-hair changing-diapers group.
No regrets. Children are certainly not an inexpensive hobby, but well worth the ups and downs...what would I do with a collection of classic Porsches anyway? Vans and station wagons with cheerios stuck to the upholstery and ketchup stains in the carpet are a visual footnote in a great set of stories you couldn't buy any other way. Very grateful for the experiences.
Still a small fraction, but more men become dads late in life
A legacy of late-life dads
Older fathers also have to put up with a bit of ribbing – one new father past 50 self-deprecatingly calls his blog "Geriatric Dad" – as well as a good amount of cultural suspicion.
'Glad to have been born'
When his son was small and would ask his father how old he was, Gerald Caplan routinely said he was 39.
rlw- Robert Welton: Twitter