There’s a lot of talk about whether or not it’s cool to let your baby “cry it out.”
I’m not going to walk onto that mine field today (maybe another day when I’ve had a couple more hours of sleep and 10x the glasses of liquid courage). Instead, let’s talk about adults crying it out.
Sometimes, we get so crazy wrapped up in making money and watching out for our kids and hunting down the sex offenders in our neighborhood, that we forget to stop and allow ourselves to feel stuff. Don’t worry, I’m not suspending my man card. I’m just saying that if we allowed ourselves to be aware of how we actually feel, we might get some relief from holding on to it all the time.
Allow me to help…
1. Military Dad, Disguised as Capt. America, Surprises Son on his Birthday
I’ve seen a few of these now and thought I was immune to the “military dad comes home from war to see his kids.” But once I got to 2:03 in this video, it was like 1,000 ninjas carrying tiny knives started chopping onions in my office. The guy’s two kids grab on to him saying “Dadddyyyyyy” and I went absolutely untethered. I was okay until that part. Where the hell did that come from? Sure, I’m a sappy guy, but this is ridiculous.
We have to remember these soldiers have families. And if you don’t cry after that video… then, you might want to go get a pacemaker and jumpstart your frigging heartsicle.
Damn ninjas and their frigging onions.
2. Field of Dreams: Catch with Dad
Field of Dreams is just one of those movies, among several, that I will NEVER turn off if it’s playing on a TV anywhere, ever. I watched this movie with my dad so many times I’ve lost count.
I don’t give a shit if you hated YOUR FATHER, when a son sees his dead dad and they connect again doing something they loved, the whole universe explodes into a billion billion particles of shmoopy, fraternal man-love. My father wished he’d had a better connection wit his own dad. This movie was a portal to that blackhole of man-hugs.
It’s probably too late to tell you not to watch these in an office setting, right?
3. Drew Brees and his Son: Winning the Superbowl
I’m sure we’ve all seen this clip enough. We’ve seen the versions with lip dubs of Lion King over it, etc. etc. But it’s still rings true. Hell, I just saw it when I went to the Dad 2.0 summit in Austin, TX and when I embedded here… I started to cry. The man is a stand-up guy. Did you see his semi-new commercial for Vick’s? My friend over at DadCentric did an interview with him on it: OVER HERE. Yes, NEWFLASH. Men can BE PARENTS TOO, DAMMIT.
If those didn’t make you cry, then go ahead and READ THIS. I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU.
There’s something about Dads conquering their obstacles and the waterworks breaking down. It’s incredible. It’s rad. It’s f*cking embarrassing. I wouldn’t change it for the world.
And now today’s BONUS ROUND!
I feel like it should be my duty to bring this to every pool I visit with my son this summer. Man up, boys. Don’t get all uglycry on me over the sharks. Just keep your pee in your peenis.
We promise not to make you cry there. In public, at least.
“Instructional” Sounds So Boring
But these Instructional Diagrams are the opposite of boring.