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Best Friends

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Who wants to get kicked right in the feels? Pucker up…

While I’m not certain everyone would agree that being a friend is the same thing as being a dad, and believe me there is a semantic, overly-worded debate there that will never end — I love the subtlety of the moments in this video. You get the sense of something happening that you can’t quite put your finger on and then BLAMMO you are reduced to a human tear duct from onion-cutting ninjas.

There’s no better sensation in your early life than that of being understood by and conspiratorial with your dad.

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15 Responses to “Best Friends”

  1. Aidan says:

    I have all the feelings.

  2. Watched this while my son (5 months) is sleeping next to me. Soooo looking forward to this age!

  3. matt says:

    wow.. that one hit the nail on the head.

  4. Craig says:

    Arghhh! I’m allergic to this video! My eyes won’t quit watering!!!

  5. Alan says:

    Hmmmmmmmmmmm. Interesting.
    I’m not a dad, so it’s not wringing every drop of saline from my heart like other guys.
    While I understand what it’s going for, and can imagine how important THAT element is in father/son relationship (and so elusive) the inverse is true too, right? Sometimes you need to be a Dad and not a friend, right? Sometimes you have to do the hard stuff that friends are exempt from, right?
    Tell me if I’m wrong. Being stuck on this side of the fence, I’m not sure what it looks like from over there. 🙂

    • charlie says:

      The affinity that exists between people as a sort of genderless fraternity is something like an evolved friendship. At it’s highest level there is an understanding that is unshakable. The love in those moments don’t cloud my being a better father. It enhances my ability to do so.

    • Yolanda says:

      There are moments in the video were you can see the “daddy” behaviour coming through and specially at the end when taking the boy to bed you would never expect a friend to do. That is the whole point of the video!

  6. Matt says:

    Alan, I understand your confusion, and I think you are partially right. I’ve always been from the camp that I’m a Dad first, your friend second. But, I think that the more you do stuff like in the video, the less you have to do of the bad Dad stuff, like discipline. Being the father of 3 young boys, I’m loosing my hair from shuffling the dad/buddy hats on and off. Its great though. They need to respect (and to a certain extent fear) you, but that needs to be balanced with the fun times. My kids know no matter how mad I am at them, and how bad they screw up, I’ll always love them. That allows us to transition from “Now I’m your Dad” moments to lets play catch and shoot slingshots at monsters in the woods moments.

    • I have to agree with you there – and I’ve already had this selfsame argument. I’m with you that the more that you are their friend, that you listen to them and find out what their problems are and figure out how you can help solve them – the less you’re going to have to come in after the fact with discipline. Sure, if you don’t set some boundaries sometimes and make it clear when certain behaviour is destructive, you’ll not be doing you job as daddy – but the more you treat them like a friend, the more you can help them as “dad”.

  7. Erich says:

    dammit… it got my feels!!!

  8. Ralph says:

    This video got me, I’d have given anything to have a relationship like that with my dad.

  9. Jo says:

    I’m not a dad, obvi. But this got me. I lost my 10 year old son in ’04 in a car accident. He and my husband had a relationship like this…treasure each moment, you never know when it might be your last!

  10. Bob says:

    Watched this with my 6 year old boy. At the end he looked up at me and smiled and said “you’re my best friend Dad”.

    Heart melted

  11. Dave says:

    Jeez Bob, your comment got me almost as bad as the commercial!

    My little boy is only almost just 3 y/o. I’m the favorite parent (As much as I don’t want there to be ‘favorites’, part of me has a big grin), and these are moments I live for. So looking forward to this. Had to call my wife in to see the video.

    Damn ninjas got me…

  12. Alex Garcia says:

    Loved it! I got all mushy…

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