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Daddy's Delight and the Costa Rican Fatigue

Hey there, brave souls! Get ready to dive headfirst into the gritty reality of being a dad in Costa Rica. We're about to peel back the sunshine-soaked veneer and expose the raw, unfiltered truth of the bone-crushing exhaustion that comes with the territory. Buckle up, folks, 'cause we're about to take a walk on the Pura Vida side.

Let's start with that relentless sun, shall we? It's like a relentless overachiever, bursting onto the scene at ungodly hours. By 5 a.m., it's already up, shining brighter than a supernova. And guess who's right there with it, ready to seize the day? That's right, our little bundles of joy, buzzing with energy like they're powered by a fusion reactor. Forget about squeezing in a few extra minutes of shut-eye; those kids will drag you out of bed faster than a fire alarm during a drill. It's a cruel twist of fate, really. Just when you thought sleep was your ally, it turns out to be the nemesis that taunts you from the shadows.

But wait, it gets better. The sun also has a strict curfew. Come 6 p.m., it starts its descent, painting the sky with hues of orange and pink. Ah, yes, it's sunset time, the magical hour when Costa Rica transforms into a buzzing hive of activity. People flock to the beach like seagulls on a feeding frenzy, ready to bask in the glory of the dying light. It's a sight to behold, a hypnotic dance of water play, live music, and margarita-wielding revelers. (Check out all the fun things to do in CR here). But let's not forget who's lurking in the background, silently plotting our downfall – Señor Sleep, my friends, the Big E.... That's right.... EXHAUSTION.

By 8 p.m., we're done. Cooked. Fried. Toasted. The day's adventures have taken their toll, leaving us as energetic as a sloth on tranquilizers. And what about that tantalizing concept of "adult time"? You know, when you can let loose, have a few drinks, and pretend you're still cool? Well, brace yourselves, folks, 'cause it comes with a catch. If you want to indulge in some grown-up shenanigans, you better be ready to make peace with the almighty power nap. It's the secret weapon of survival for us worn-out warriors.

Picture this: it's 6 p.m., the sun is going down, and you're contemplating a night out on the town. You stare at yourself in the mirror, trying to muster up some modicum of energy. "Come on, bro, you can do this! Just a few more hours of pretending you're not a sleep-deprived zombie!" But deep down, you know the truth. Without that rejuvenating power nap, you're more likely to resemble a slo-mo disaster in the club than a sleek, suave parent who's still got it. Also, let's not forget that all dads of young children have been trained over the course of their parenthood journey to CRAM a 6 hour night of drinking (reminiscent of your pre kids self) into 2 hours (because you do in fact have kids and they will be up at 5 regardless of what time you get home).

So, here's the deal, my friends: embrace the nap. Embrace it like your sanity depends on it. Find a cozy spot, curl up like a cat, and surrender to the blissful embrace of slumber. You'll wake up feeling slightly less like a decrepit mummy and more like a parent who's ready to tackle the night's adventures, even if it's fueled by caffeine and sheer determination. Who needs a full night's sleep when you can have a brief respite that's as refreshing as a mojito on a scorching day?

Learn how to make a mojito here:

But let's be real here, folks. Balancing parenthood with the desire to let loose and have some adult fun is like tightrope walking over a pool of hungry sharks. One wrong step, and you're fish food bro. It's a precarious balancing act that requires a mix of resilience, humor, and a solid supply of under-eye concealer. So, here's to all the exhausted dads out there, juggling sleep deprivation and sanity, navigating the wild jungles of Costa Rican fatherhood. Stay strong, my fellow warriors. You've earned every ounce of that precious nap time.

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