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Survival of the Daddliest

Posted by on November 17th, 2011, under NOTEBOOK

It's the end of the world as we know it.

I swear I don’t wear tinfoil hats. I’m not a huge fan of bunkers. I don’t have an armory. Yet.

So, why am I anticipating the collapse of civilization these days?

Trailer for a film I’m in. Funny. It’s about the end of the world.

I’d never admit it but the end of the world and my fatherly place in that scenario scares the piss out of me. My wife and I used to love a movie with good “apoca-porn”, films depicting the end of days with plots centered on ‘survival of the best looking’ and truckloads of money spent on explosive effects. My wife was a fanatic. When our son arrived that all changed. If I witness a child in harm’s way in a movie or in print now, all I see is red. I feel like I might burst into a billion particles of testosterone.

I can’t shake this feeling of being unprepared for threats against my family. I’m talking about having to protect them midst the violent chaos of a total planetary reboot. Financial. Political. Cultural. Or otherwise.

Sheriff and zombie child meet in The Walking DeadI hope all the children in the zombie apocalypse have such good manners…

I was watching our recent obsession, “The Walking Dead”, and the lead of the show ran through a forest and across fields carrying his injured, near-lifeless son. I looked over at my wife and said, “I couldn’t carry Finn (who’s a solid 30 lbs.) more than a half mile, let alone run it.”

Now, it’s very possible I’m the only one carrying these thoughts around in my head, but I’m alarmed by all these movies and books that depict apocalyptic events. In every case my focus is drawn toward my own faults, my failings if that thin veneer of social order were to fracture.

Under duress and threat of public stoning about six months ago, I read the entire “Hunger Games” trilogy over a few days. Following those (Young Adult, my ass) novels, I woke up to the realization that I have very few life skills. I can’t shoot, kill, clean, cure or cook an animal with any proficiency. If I had to choose between edible plants, I’d probably lick night shade and wipe my butt with poison oak before the fauna came in for a groin punch against my survival.

Let’s not even talk about the book/movie, The Road. That shit messed my head up for MONTHS. Not a hobby of mine, you know, thinking about ending my life if the social fabric frayed. And I’m not exactly pro-cannibalism or anti-thumbs.

Um, Viggo? Have you seen Ghostbusters 2?

To make matters worse, my wife and I attended a seminar on disaster preparedness a few months ago. They talked about supplies in the car, under the bed, in the closet, even in our pockets. They had everything covered. If Hurricane Katrina or any other of natural (let alone man-made) disasters have taught us anything, it’s that basic services go first. Resources become limited and our ability to communicate, even more so. Do you have a plan for those possibilities? We were busy furiously writing down notes on the $1000′s of dollars worth of supplies we needed, when they dropped the bomb:

“Los Angeles has very few entrances and exits. If something catastrophic happens, you need to be on the road in 15 minutes, at most, to make it out. Or else you’re stuck here.”

This is why I’ve been to the gym five times this week, running and lunging with a 45 pound weight in my arms. I’ve tested my strength and endurance. I’m desperate to find courses on nature survival, basic hunting. Once found, will this help me stop fretting about the end of the world, please?

Sorry if you wanted to read a post about my son’s diaper rash and his inability to use the letter “L” in the word “clock”. I guess I just want to wake up and know a thing or two. Or 15.

66 Comments

66 Responses to “Survival of the Daddliest”

  1. Delia R says:

    You are not the only one that feels like this….I always feel like we’ll never be prepared…its not about being negative or dramatic. I always wonder if my family and I were in a movie like this how long would we survive…would we “last” till the end?!! lol

    • charlie says:

      Thank Lord Voldemort I’m not the only one thinking about these things. Besides it being a lonely venture, it’s nice to know that other people might be prepared too. Nothing worse than all of society being complacent and falling apart when the poopy diaper hits the fan.

  2. Jason says:

    Charlie, you’re totally not alone. I’ve wondered about the “life skills” too. Incidentally, the trailer freaked me out so maybe having made that movie put you in a different place mentally.

    However, as a boy scout who strives to “be prepared”, I can tell you there’s always a limit to how prepared you can be. Some things you can be ready for (e.g. child CPR, power outages, etc.), some things you can’t (e.g. end o’ the world, tsunami in Kansas, etc.). So don’t kill yourself trying to anticipate every contingency.

  3. Liesbet says:

    As a kid, end-of-the-world fantasies were my favourite. Okay, lots less gory than most movies, everybody except me and my loved one(s) would be dead instantly, far less dramatic. The focus was on survival. And I always did pretty well, I must say :-) Ah well, if something catastrofic happens, we’ll just have to wait and see and make the best out of it. You can’t be prepared for everything! And if there is an alien attack, they’ll at least attack America first so here in Europe we’ll have some extra time to prepare too :-P

  4. Leah says:

    This is why I started running. We don’t have kids, but my hubby is basically Rambo and I have no chance of survival without him. He’s my one item on a deserted island (or post-zombie apocalypse) not because he’s my husband but because he’s a survival machine.

    Pick up the Zombie Survival guide and see if you can tag along on an FTX with an Army ROTC unit. You’ll be all set.

    • charlie says:

      Believe me, I can do a lot of stuff. But it’s all relative. I’m a VERY fast learner and picked up a lot of skills, but I don’t have the complete set of skills to pull it off.

      I’ve read that survival guide (after reading World War Z). Think I need to give it another read.

  5. Christina says:

    Before I even got to the paragraph, my first thought was “The Walking Dead”. Ever since my first pregnancy, I haven’t been able to stomach seeing children in danger or hurt (Sleepy Hollow was my realization…)

    Didn’t seem to help that I knew something would happen to Carl by the end of the season premiere. I fell asleep halfway through (tired) and woke up in time to see Carl lying on the ground with a bullet in his chest… I just turned off the show thinking “I can’t handle that emotionally right now…not even going to think about it…”

    As to protecting my family, I have enough mama bear instinct to get halfway through one of those movies. I want to take up self-defense classes and get into much better shape, but that’s because of the rise in home invasions >.<

    So much stuff to seriously freak me the hell out o.o

    • charlie says:

      You bring up a good point. We are capable of extraordinary things given the circumstance to perform. I’ve done some things I didn’t I could do when my back was against a wall.

      I think the thing to do is complement that circumstantial superpower with skills that allow us to fully exceed the peril involved in the dangerous situation. Make sense? Yeah, not really. ;)

  6. Nicole in Portland says:

    No, I can’t watch shows like that anymore. I’m actually learning to can veggies, hand sew things, I can shoot a gun and kill what I need to eat, but I’m horrible at cleaning things that I kill. I usually will find someone else to do it.

    I completely understand. I mean, less than three years ago (after the birth of my first child), I started researching things like that. I was thinking about starting a once a month things where me and other interested parties could get together and discuss things that they know how to do that we do not.

    I’m not going to quote scripture or get all preachy. But I will talk about history. Natural disasters happen. So do diseases. It’s naive of us to think that we are untouchable. Us that WANT to learn to take care of ourselves are the ones that will survive. THEN, WE’LL be the good looking folks!!! HAHAHA!

    • charlie says:

      I like your evil, maniacal laughter at the end. That really sets the stage for the “kill or be killed” scenarios in my head!!!!!!!

      • Nicole in Portland says:

        Well, I was getting a bit TOO serious. Needed a punchline, right?

        (All serious again) Thanks for reminding me that I’m normal for all the weird stuff that goes through my head as a parent. :) Oh, and the trailer that you posted? Well, let’s just say it invoked a LOT of emotion. Not the good kind either. But I do have to admit, it’s fun watching you act. I still chuckle a little bit when I see the Crohn’s Disease commercial.

        • charlie says:

          Ah come on!!!! WHAT IF…!??!?!

          • Nicole in Portland says:

            You should have seen my husband’s face the first time I saw the commercial and started saying, “DUDE, IT’S CHARLIE!!!”. He’s like, “WHO?????” I’m guessing he was trying to lump you into a category of all the strange people I used to hang with before meeting him!

    • Turtle-Dove says:

      ^-^ I know how to clean an animal and garden and sew and look after my own animals (go my mom for teaching all this to me before I turned 10!) but I don’t know how to shoot a gun or fish, ….yet. Both me and my Hubbie are going to learn together though and I also know about lots of local herbs used in healing and I have all these plans incase of an end of the world scenario I always feel a bit paranoid its nice when ur not the only one

  7. Walker says:

    I watched the video and then read the article around it and sympathize completely. I’ve always been an outdoorsy guy, more so after my stint in the military, and then I found outdoor nature/survival classes. They’re not always cheap, but they’re a gateway into learning a lot of skills like fire building from whats around you, quick shelters that will keep you warm and comfortable in freezing temperatures, that can be built to fit multiple people. Hunting, tracking, water prep.

    To be completely honest, as I learned, I dabbled in it, but not to the extent I wanted, and less so once my work load increased to 75 hours a week. And then my daughter was born. I was happy and the suddenly terrified by the state of the world and what might be, and now, I find even more time to squeeze in practicing those skills.

    Tracker School, Wilderness Awareness School and so many others have a plethora of information and different classes. If you take one class, the basic one at either will take you leaps and bounds in the direction you would need to go, if technology ended and chaos began.

    Walking Dead rocked me, opening pilot to Grimm angered me, the thought of a single person with ill intent in the same state with my daughter has my hackles raised.

    Better to be physically and mentally prepared and never need any of it, than to be ill equiped and have no clue if it does happen.

    • charlie says:

      How interesting that we become aware of the world in a different way when a child comes into the world, right? This attitude of “I’ll be fine” goes away and you’re left with “What the hell is wrong with this place?” a little bit…

      Even Harry Potter… ARGHHHHH

  8. Alan says:

    I’m right there with Jason.
    Yes it’s wise to be able to deal with basic medical emergencies (I highly recommend a Wilderness First Aid course) And it’s just good sense to prepared for the basics. (fire, finding safe water, a little extra preserved food in the pantry, etc.)
    But don’t go crazy. You can’t be prepared for everything and too much worry will take away from enjoying life with your family!

  9. Jayme says:

    I grew up in the country with a dad that could easily out-survive Bear Grylls, so I know a thing or two about a thing or two. I can hunt, clean a kill, make a weapon, and start a fire with 2 sticks and a rock. I’m glad these skills (which I previously thought of as novel but useless) will come in handy one day.

    Btw, The Road? Still gives me angina. And I cried and hugged my baby for days after I read The Hunger Games.

  10. I can butcher chickens–and by extension any other fowl, I guess.

    For the rest, Long Lash Mascara so I can bat my eyelashes as I plead for directions, matches, cash, platinum cards…you get the picture.

    All kidding aside, growing up my parents had us each prepare a survival bag and keep it in our closet.

    (FYI, Bear Grylls pants are so going on the holiday list!)

  11. Lizzie says:

    I cried watching that video…

  12. the muskrat says:

    I figure since I’m in Atlanta, I’ll just find those “Walking Dead” actors and hang with them, since they seem to know what’s up.

  13. Nicole in Portland says:

    I meant to put this earlier. After watching the first two episodes of the Walking Dead, I got to thinking, if zombies go after loud noises, us with toddlers wouldn’t have a chance. THEN, I got to thinking, finding a sound studio and those wonderful soundproof rooms? I guess you could hold up in one of those places if you heavily fortified it?

    I told you, my mind thinks about all that weird stuff. I mean the chances of actually zombies coming into being are slim to none, but the chances of a mind altering disease that made people that kind of crazy? Yeah, I can buy that. So all you folks in Los Angeles, locate your recording studios. They are your only hope… lol :)

  14. Monica says:

    So movies where kids are in danger bug the crap out of me but lets talk about the fact that I can’t watch the NEWS! The NEWS is worse than any movie about the end of the world. People breaking into houses and killing ppl. Children missing or dead (Baby Lisa in Kansas City?!?!?! but her mom was passed out drunk that night) I can’t take it. I want to watch the weather but not the news. I am scared all the time. It was fine when it was just me, but now I worry about my son. Could I protect him and save him??? We co-sleep for the simple fact that if someone breaks in or there is a fire, Could I get to him and protect him? I just want to sleep a night where I don’t freak out over every sound I hear. Sorry, just had to get that off my chest. Your topic brought up all those feelings I carry with me every day.

  15. jetts31 says:

    I think about end of the world scenarios constantly and vividly when I’m watching the Walking Dead. Thankfully there are a thousand ways out of here and I just bought an SUV. Now I’m going to have to learn how to fish w/dental floss and I’ll be set.

  16. Ruth says:

    Ahhhh! I’m the same way, and completely obsessed with post-apocalyptic novels these days. Read “One Second After” by William R. Forstchen; it’s about what happens when an EMP wipes out everything. That book caused us to put together a large stock-pile of non-perishables in the basement, and seriously consider getting a gun.

  17. Joanne Burch says:

    LOL. Did I miss something in reading The Road? Cannnialism? Ah well. Life has left me capable of overlooking some bad things.
    In Tucson, when we had to worry about the A-bomb, and “leave your kids at school, they will be taken care of.” Yeah. Sure. And a skinny, two lane(one each direction) street across the river. I figured in the first 15 minutes, there would be a pileup, and no one could get past. The streets are wider now – but the bombs are bigger, also.

  18. Bri says:

    I don’t know if there is one close to you, but you should try looking for a Bass Pro Shop near you, they offer these kinds of ‘wilderness prepared’ classes. There is one in Rancho Cucamonga, which is about an hour or so east of LA on the 210

  19. Maybe this is a parenting thing… Since the little one came along I sometimes sit up at night planning our survival strategies for the various apocalyptic “what-if”‘s. Zombie apocalypse? Plans A, B, and C: check! Collapse of civilization? Check. Raptors (the dino kind)? Check and super check.

    I think something about being responsible for the survival of another human being sends some people into overdrive.

    I don’t think this is a bad thing.

    **by the way, read World War Z. That STILL has me messed up.

  20. Nathan says:

    Yep, I’m glad I used to spend weekends in the forest with a knife, a flint and my wits. Those log cabins we built as young teenagers were good practice too. Survival is more doable of you focus on skills and knowledge. Supplies will always run out/spoil/get stolen. Plenty of wild strains of plant are cultivatable. Game can always be found if there’s water and vegetation. Sometimes I wish we weren’t so civilized, but I’m grateful for the knowledge I gained growing up where I did. I feel good knowing I’ll have a fighting chance if ever our infrastructure collapses.

  21. annie says:

    The first episode of Grimm had me in an all out panic frenzy. It didnt help that the little girl looks like my little girl. I vowed that my daughter wont be walking home alone in red. EVER! Obviously since having her I have gone from logical to slightly nutty when to comes to her. I try to be as prepared as I can be. Nothing wrong with that.

  22. Matt Singley says:

    Totally with you on this. Except I have gone through all of the (paranoid?) training, so fortunately I can shoot, hunt, skin and cook things. Of course, I live in the Conejo Valley, so the kids had better develop a taste for rabbit pretty quickly.

  23. Sarah Mertz says:

    Actually, there’s a group called the Zombie Squad that gets together and teaches things like that. They started out as zombie enthusiasts, but have since branched out into general disaster preparedness and survival skills; they have several chapters across the country. The one closest to you is in Las Vegas – here’s their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ZombieSquadLasVegas
    and their main website:
    http://zombiehunters.org/
    Hope it helps!

  24. Lacy says:

    Just stumbled across this site tonight and I LOVE it! You’re definitely not alone in your thoughts. I really hope there’s never a zombie apocalypse because zombies are my biggest fear. Sounds funny, but it’s true. (Thank you, Resident Evil and the anthrax scare in 2002) On a lighter and slightly unrelated note, my almost 2 year old daughter has also recently learned how to say clock… Minus the L, naturally. :)

  25. So I just spent fifteen minutes digging up information on you on the Internet. (It’s not creepy; I research my new favorite actors ;) I can’t seem to figure out where to get information on 8.31. Do you have a link to a website or something?

  26. K-chan says:

    No you’re not crazy. Same thing for both of us since we had our children! Honestly, it’s a terrible feeling to think any of us could be in that situation. We do have a survival pack which we prepared (just in case) but I bet if there was some kind of natural or human-made disaster, our kids belligerent attitudes and whiny-ness would be our undoing in about 2 days. And yeah, the Road – I know what you mean.

  27. Shilpa says:

    thank you for making me feel a little bit… well not normal, but at least not alone in my nut-jobness (I know it’s not a word, let it go…) In my handbag I have a small bag containing a fire-steel and tinder. TBH, I’m so out of shape, I’m not going to get far if I have to go anywhere, but dammit I got fire, I’m going to be warm!

  28. Bethany says:

    My husband is always telling me he’s not the only crazy one thinking about survivalist stuff and end of the world, fall of civilization scenarios. And you just proved him right. Geez! Fortunately, he was in the Army and has some pretty useful survivalist skills.

  29. Katie says:

    Wow…I agree with so many of the above posters, although I did just briefly scan it. My parents were always a little bit of the paranoid end of the world type. Talking about building bunkers and we each were taught how to shoot guns and explained to that if it ever came down to it we would have to make a choice between us and them. Them was always a million different scenarios. For the longest time I just thought they were their own brand of crazy and I laughed it off. Now that I have a daughter we have started our own preparedness. I am not Holly Homemaker, but I have been making a point of learning to grow my own food, preserve my own food, make my own clothes etc. Since having a child, we are more observant and prepared for home defense. Bumps in the night freak us both out and our daughter sleeps with night vision capable surveillance…maybe a little bit crazy, but honestly I don’t care. I looked for our babysitter to also be capable, because IF something happens and my daughter is with her, I NEED to know she is in good hands. My babysitter is an excellent shot, can kill and clean her own food etc. She is my Mama-Bear stand in. I’m glad I’m not the the only paranoid one…I think mine is starting to spill over into making sure my daughter is prepared as well. I don’t want to even imagine what would happen if she is an adult and the end of the world occurs….I can’t protect her from everything but I can do everything in my power to try to prepare her for anything and myself as well.

  30. Renee says:

    I hear you. I actually had to stop watching those movies eventually. (ah, strike to my preparedness training) Not only did I start imagining trying to get my family out of simliar situations, I couldn’t look at entire cities being destroyed on screen without tearing up thinking, “There’s babies in those exploding buildings.”

    Sheesh.

  31. Zoe says:

    Just the other night my 5 year old got out of bed, walked into the living room, and asked, “When will the world end?” For once in my life I had nothing to say. I didn’t know if I should pour us both a shot of whiskey and provide her with the Mayan “December 2012″ Theory, or Nostradamus’s End of the World Quatrain. So instead, I redirected her to a far more simpler discussion….. Where babies come from :)

  32. Zoe says:

    Ok, in all seriousness, given that I live close enough to Manhattan to have had the unfortunate opportunity to smell and see the smoke from the World Trade Center tragedy, I often think about the possibility of an end, either man made, or natural. My child will soon be traveling in the subways of NYC, to and from school, and therefore, preparations for a disaster have certainly crossed my mind. I think it’s normal to think about it, smart to be prepared for it, but unhealthy to obsess over it.

  33. Frantz says:

    Dude, I’m currently reading a book called. How to survive the end of the world as we know it. It REALLY gives you the orders of magnitude when it comes to being prepared.

    GO pick it up. It will at least give you an idea of what you need to do to be prepared.

  34. Steve says:

    You aren’t the only one. I worry about how I would ensure my family’s safety in the event of SHTF and realize I’m woefully prepared. Even more frustrating are the random thoughts that pop into one’s head right before they fall asleep (we’ve all had it happen) and lately it’s been “I don’t have enough hours in the day to prepare myself and my family”.

  35. Jeremiah says:

    Man, do I feel you.

    Two years ago I got married. One of the “gifts” I gave my wife was a four day defensive handgun course (and the tool to go with it). I use “gift” lightly as she was not happy with that, until she took the course.

    I have since starting prepping but not nearly as much as I would like. I’ve at least gotten started, right? One of the things I have gotten us both is lifetime memberships for training in Firearms (the school is about four hours away from L.A.) and other defensive tactics, which I realize is only a small part of it all. If it sounds like that’s my main focus believe me, it’s not. I mention that because you say you are already at the gym getting fit.

    The thing to remember is that you can start with small things like bug out bags and a food/water supply and work your way up from there. As you said though, getting out quickly is key… if you have somewhere to go. Just remember, bugging in is also an important strategy.

    btw- my first child is due in Nov. and holy carp… has that thrown this topic into a new perspective… :-)

    also btw- I recommend David Morris’s blog for getting ready for when/if the SHTF… and beware the tinfoil hat folks…

  36. James says:

    Great post. I ramped the supplies down to having petrol (gas) in the car, a few tins of food, a leathermans multitool, decent walking boots and rain proof clothing to hand. After that, you can loot the rest if it all goes tits up.

  37. I don’t freak out at kids in danger in the movies. (I look away actually, I don’t need “made up” dangers in my head too.)

    Just yesterday I watched a family of 7 or 8 pile out of an SUV. 3 of those young kids (young enough to be in boosters, who clearly weren’t) and 1 of those MAYBE 3, sitting on jackass’s lap. It took everything I had to not honk, jump out of my car, and say wtf you moron!

    But I know that it would do absolutely ZERO good. Nothing short of one of those kids being injured or killed would get through to them. And even then, I doubt it. It’s sad. People suck and are sooo stupid. But yet, they’re still allowed to be parents.

    So when it comes to the apocalypse, I go the same route as the above mentioned jackasses. It won’t happen to me.

  38. Daniel McDowell says:

    Charlie,don’t worry you are not the only one with the fear of family survival,Being a 3 tour Iraq vet I still fear about what the next day might bring. What reassures me is the matter of mindset 1.will do what is needed (polite or not) 2. family comes first. 3. when times are tough dig deep and think of family you will surprise yourself what you can do when you have to. And most importantly the fact you see a threat and are thinkng about it means you are already ahead of the masses.

  39. Nathan says:

    I’d love to know what seminar you went to here in LA. Is that something you can share?

    Thanks.

  40. David says:

    First of all, I recently discovered your blog and love it. Keep up the great work!

    I’m right there with you brother. Two of the main reasons I do CrossFit are so that 1) I could carry my family and/or friends to safety if need be and 2) so I am not so limited (strength wise) in life

  41. Chris Green says:

    My 31 yr old son, father of two little boys, has a “bug out” bag. It contains enough food for his family of 4 for 3 days. A huge medical kit (including things like quick clot). Oh and he has a small arsenal of weapons. He’s a little paranoid in my opinion but he knows I’d be the first one at his front door in a huge emergency.
    Oh, all that stuff is inside is bug-out bag. I won’t even mention what his basement is filled with. Crazy.

  42. Elenore says:

    My father has non perishable food stashed at his cabin and at their home. He taught us all how to shoot and fish. He laid out the best routes to get out of town and to the cabin from all of our homes, as well as alternate routes if the best ones are blocked. He has a huge garden growing and enough salt to salt cure the horses if we need the meat. I used to think he was a little crazy until my daughter was born. I kinda get it now.

  43. Jaymond says:

    Each time we have a child (just had our second) I get very obsessed with protecting my family (currently focused on home security – upgrading locks/doors, sensor lighting, alarm system, thinking about gun v. non-lethal defense, etc). I’m also a post-apocalyptic movie fan, but that’s changing as I’m so much more sensitive to the idea of my family going through these scenarios than I was to the idea of me going through them alone.

    I’ve been through may preparedness ‘phases’ too… and I’m coming to a certain realization about it all. 1) when it comes to global disasters I’m not rich enough to ensure my survival or safety because the costs are astronomical, so I have to accept that the survival of the species is what matters in those cases and I’m sure there will be others with the means and skills to survive if we don’t (and I need to invest my time and money is my family and career that I have and not some possible career as a hunter gatherer – my profession doesn’t allow for multi-classing).

    2) In preparing for local disasters (earthquakes and tsunamis where I live) I need to prepare based on the premise of cooperation and NOT competition because that is what you see everywhere in America after disasters. People working together and helping each other out. To prepare as though I need to fend off hoards of Mad Max-ian gangs is not congruent with reality or with my faith. In other words I prepare so that I can take care of my family and help others. Not so I can hole up and turn away.

    3) I try to stay reality based. Prepare for situations that are actually likely to occur given my life.

    Have to go,
    love the blog.

  44. Christine Heather Taylor says:

    I Have Worried About This Too But From A Mom Perspective. If A Fire Happens, How Do I Get All 4 Kids Out? If someone breaks In, what do I do? Then, God Let It Happen. One night while my husband was working, I was alone with all 4 kids. I heard knocking on the back of my house. While the dog wasn’t barking, I was still convinced someone was outside the house. I call 911 and inform the dispatcher that I had my husband’s gun in my hand as I stood in the doorway to our bedroom with all 4 kids on the bed behind me determine that anyone who enter the house would not walk out. It was in that moment that I realize I was capable of doing whatever was necessary to protect my kids. I say to you worry not, when it comes to our children we are more capable of doing things that never imagine we could. In the event of the world ending, I know that I am ready and armed With the instincts, determination, and balls to do what I have to do.

  45. Matt says:

    I’m glad it’s not just me. I’ve had a zombie-apocalypse survival plan buzzing in my brain since my girls were born. It was all going so well until World War Z came out with fast, mass-climbing undead. I just planned for slow and stupid ones.

  46. Valerie says:

    Yay, it’s not just me ; ) of course I’m the mom version. My hubby has his perspective too. However, how in the world does anyone truly have the dough to prepare??? That’s my real concern…

  47. Missy says:

    Ah, my son doesn’t say the l in clock either. And he has this keen ability to find and point out every clock in a public place. We don’t live in a classy like area so all the old farmers, mill workers, hunters, and teenagers don’t feel the need to hold in their laughter when the boy yells clock -l at the grocery store/restaurant/dr waiting room.

    Or he’ll grab my shirt to look and see if I’m wearing a bra. Yea, we go bra less at home what can I say. The boys favorite conversation is asking daddy bra? No. Jacob bra? No. Momma bra? Yes. And then he needs to confirm this postulate.

    Kids, yeesh

  48. Caira says:

    you aren’t alone. My husband and father of my two little ones, has a bug out bag. He is working on getting bug out bags for all of us. We have all our important documents in a firebox and he has taken gun courses (to get his gun license) and has been doing target practice out in the woods on his parents land. He has also been learning how to trap small animals using string and wood. I just read edible and medicinal plants and hope that I will be at least some help. and we are both working out to hopefully stretch out our levels of endurance.

    http://knowledgeweighsnothing.com/

  49. Meredith says:

    Lol. Have you been in a WinCo foods? I used to think Costco was where i’d go first in case of apocalypse…but nope. WinCO for the win.

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