Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood, Matteo Bussola, Penguin Group TarcherPerigee, 2017.

Fatherhood, I have learned in the past two years, is a true gift. Sure, there are moments when the whining and the fussing gets a little weary, but hey, we all whine and fuss, right? All of those moments are pushed to the shadows when your little girl climbs in your lap to give you a kiss. Or when she makes a joke and then laughs at herself.

Being a dad has been the best calling on my life.

And it’s one of those callings that you only realize how powerful it is until it happens. I remember church members telling me after it was announced that we were expecting, that my life would never be the same.

At first I didn’t fully understand. But once I held my little girl in my arms, I knew what they met.

Everything was changing.

Italian cartoonist Matteo Bussola, the father of three daughters, knows just how much children change your life. In his book Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast, he collects funny stories, reflections, and hopes about being a dad.

As you read through the over 100 short observations and reflections, written during a two-year period, you see a glimpse of how Bussola grew as a man, as a husband, and as a father.

Bussola is a stay-at-home dad, working from his studio at home. He is the primary caregiver, making lunches, getting the girls to school, and picking them up. As such, he has some great, often times funny, conversations with his daughters about what happened at school, questions they are pondering, and then there are the deep complex realities of the world that do not escape the eyes of children.

Bussola handles it all with grace, along with the ability to laugh at himself.

His goal as a father is “to guide and protect” while helping his children “feel surrounded by beauty.” As a father myself, I have a similar goal. I want my daughter to experience the beauty of this world, while also guiding and protecting her.

And, yeah, there will probably be a few more sleepless nights. But there will be always be kisses for breakfast.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a digital review copy.