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(Bored Panda)   Dad, how do I......clean up all the dust that has suddenly appeared in this room   (boredpanda.com) divider line
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916 clicks; posted to D'awww » on 21 May 2020 at 5:19 AM (2 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-05-21 12:02:21 AM  
This. The right kind.
 
2020-05-21 12:45:00 AM  
Great idea.
Hope he gets a bunch of virtual Father's Day cards (and ties, of course) this Father's Day from his YouTube viewers.
 
2020-05-21 8:34:35 AM  
weird. just last night my buddy was talking about moving away from his kids (divorced but lives in the area to be around his kids)

first thing i said to him was it can have lasting effects. I said I still get pissed a little every time i have to shave. It reminds me of yet another thing i had to figure out on my own. I learned to tie a tie in cub scouts. Stupid little crap like that. I love my dad, but those little reminder are always there

this guy is cool in my book
 
2020-05-21 9:41:36 AM  
ftfa: 'Rob's father walked out on his family of 8 kids'

Sheesh. How do douches like that manage to have *8* kids before walking off?
 
2020-05-21 10:19:51 AM  

nanim: ftfa: 'Rob's father walked out on his family of 8 kids'

Sheesh. How do douches like that manage to have *8* kids before walking off?


The whole "save a relationship via parenthood" schtick, except repeated as each child made things worse in the house. At least he split instead of resorting to violence.
 
2020-05-21 1:32:25 PM  

kindms: weird. just last night my buddy was talking about moving away from his kids (divorced but lives in the area to be around his kids)

first thing i said to him was it can have lasting effects. I said I still get pissed a little every time i have to shave. It reminds me of yet another thing i had to figure out on my own. I learned to tie a tie in cub scouts. Stupid little crap like that. I love my dad, but those little reminder are always there

this guy is cool in my book


Same here. Stepdad pretty much did let me know what a loser (worse words than that, actually) I was for most of my life. Went into the Army (aviation) right after high school and even when I got out and went to college I was still worthless to him.
The effects of growing up like that last a long time and are certainly real.
 
2020-05-21 3:26:31 PM  
It's funny because even having a good dad/parents sometimes you don't learn the little things, or they try to teach you and it doesn't click.

For example it's a running gag in my family that I didn't know my right from my left until fifth grade. I can distinctly remember the moment when I learned it for good, my science teacher had us training fish to come to one side of the tank for food by knocking on the right side. I had transferred in mid-year and when he had me do it I stood there stupidly not knowing which side to rap. His incredulity at me not knowing is what locked the knowledge in for me. If you ask my parents they swear they taught me, which is entirely possible. I am a weapons-grade ditz on occasion.

Also I'm almost 47 years old and still can't glance at an analog watch and instantly know the time. My parents blame grandma getting me a digital watch right at the age people learn that one for that lapse.

It's not like my parents weren't teaching me things, I keep house exceptionally well, and I'm a great cook, all learned from my mom. I have a decent starting knowledge of woodworking from my dad and grandpa. It would be on par with my cooking if I did it as often. If I chose to gear up for it and applied myself to it I'd have that skill set well in hand quickly.

But we also missed things - like I taught myself how to shave. I remember my fist fumbling attempts at it when I started to need to, and I flat out used the internet to relearn and completely overhauled how I did it early in my forties. Same with tying a tie. I learned that in college. My mild level of car knowledge is also largely self-taught. That's something that wasn't passed to me. Dad is a good shade-tree mechanic, but also absolutely hates getting greasy. He will absolutely throw money at it if he can to avoid having to work on a car, so it was never a route to bonding for us.

Some of this is dad and I butt heads, and his method of teaching things is very much the Red Foreman approach. Which involved calling a kid who didn't know any better a dumbass and making me feel stupid for not knowing things. This has naturally over time lead to me not asking for much advice from him because it's not worth the grief I'll catch for it.

Dad's never been intentionally hateful about it, but it took me a long time to learn that kind of exasperated ribbing wasn't really meant to tear me down. Dad's family when he was a kid was very matriarchal, and he didn't learn how to relate to other males in the healthiest of ways. For him male interaction is all ripping on each other and dick waving, and that's what he passed on to me.

He did thoroughly teach me to be an asshole to people who don't know something when I do. It's been loads of fun trying to keep that little wrinkle under control once I realized it.

To be clear I don't blame dad for anything, I've just pinned down where I learned some less than stellar habits. He did what he could with the tools he himself was given. He loves, and would do anything, for me and my brother. If shiat really hits the fan he's the guy you want around. He literally saved a guy's life at his job once where they had an accident. The guy had major trauma to his leg, as in part of it came off, and was bleeding out while a shop full of dudes stood there watching and freaking out. My old man calm as you please walked over and put a tourniquet on the leg and rendered first aid until the EMTs showed up.

The worst I would ever pin on him is that he's never had life smack him so hard as to generate the "oh I'm the asshole," moment that can push a person into the level of self awareness that prompts them to take a hard look at themselves and abandon old and unhelpful attitudes and ways of dealing with people.
 
2020-05-22 2:00:17 PM  
wow, that was awesome
 
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