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“Rad Dad Feature: David Amelotte”

David Amelotte is a real gem of a guy.  A self proclaimed “regular guy”, he is a true testament to the underdog always coming up on top. When I think of “Dad Stuff”, working on cars would probably be the first thing to come to mind and boy, can David work on cars.  He is more than just your average everyman, but also the kind of guy that you can relate to, and find inspiration in his wholehearted work ethic and unshakeable loyalty to those he cares about.  David is a master mechanic, dedicated husband, father to a precious little boy, and a great friend.  Take a few minutes to see what he is all about, and how being a Dad can not only change, but greatly enrich your life.

1. Tell us about what you do, who you are, and how you balance your career with being a dad?

My name is David Amelotte, and I am an Automotive Technician at Jim Taylor Automotive in Sarasota, Fl. Finding a good balance between work and Dad time can be tough, as both my wife, Danielle and I, work full time jobs, but we do the very best we can to make time for each other and our son Jensen. For me that means working overtime is no longer an option, and most importantly free time is much less available but when I have it I try to focus on making sure I use it for things that truly enrich my life.

2. What does being a modern-day dad mean to you?

To me being a modern dad means eschewing a lot of “classic” gender roles and doing whatever is needed, from changing diapers, to cooking and cleaning, all while still keeping my wife happy (and interested in me), but most importantly being part of a marital team to get everything done.

3.How did becoming a father change your life?

In every way that anyone has ever said it would, both good and bad, and then add 100 more ways.

4. Whats the greatest part about being a dad?

My favorite thing about being a dad is getting watch a baby become a person, in all ways imaginable. I get to teach, impress upon, and allow all kinds of ideas and interests to form in an unencumbered and non-judgemental mind (seeing a child smile never hurts either).

5. Can you share a funny story about being a father?

I wish I had something amazing to share here but all the funny stories are really just me being incredibly uncomfortable with the attention that an adorable baby brings. My incredible social awkwardness really becomes evident when at the grocery store with a smiling and excited 8 month old, that every third person wants to talk to or about.

6. What advice can you give any new father out there?

Enjoy every second.  I’m not a particularly nurturing person, but I do whatever I can to make my son as happy and comfortable as he can be. It isn’t always easy or fun, but the reward is incredible. No lack of sleep, creeping frustration, or helpless feeling can’t be taken away when your child smiles at you. I’m just a regular guy with a regular job who makes money a regular way, and I’m not ashamed of that, as long as I do right by my child, nothing else really matters.

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