I live in a northern city.

I’m in my early 40’s, a dad to two boys (born in 2010 and 2013), and I see parenting as very much like a big DIY project.

Although it’s possible I’m putting the grout in the wrong place.

Prior to 2010 the highlight of my life involved a particularly juicy slice of watermelon on a hot day in east Asia – I’m a man of simple pleasures.

And what could be simpler, and more pleasurable, than watermelon?

I should add, for context, that the watermelon was sold by a man at the base of a high mountain. The mountain had just been scaled, precariously, and with the minimum of preparation, by myself and my future wife.

The sun was blazing and we’d long run out of water.

We saw the watermelon stall, and knew we wouldn’t die.

It was a big moment.

In contrast, and as you would expect, the highlight of my life post 2010 involved my kids.

It also included a CD entitled ‘Northern Soul Classics’.

You can forget first days at school and other such clichéd milestones – to see your own offspring bustin’ moves to Frank Wilson’s classic anthem is to know pride.

dad|THEORY is my truth of being a dad.

There will be no more watermelon anecdotes.