Roller coasters are a rite of passage, a twisted detour along our endless journey towards maturity and bragging rights.
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Serge Bielanko spent nearly 15 years living in a van and cheap motel rooms as a guitarist/songwriter in a rock-n-roll band called Marah, before turning to marriage, parenthood, and writing. For the past several years, he has written about the humorous side of being a dad and a husband on his personal blog, Thunder Pie. In addition to writing daily for Babble Dad and Babble Voices (He Said/She Said), his writing has appeared in places like Esquire magazine and The Huffington Post. Nowadays, this 41-year-old dude spends way too much time working on his first book in his garage in central Pennsylvania, where he chases trout, drinks beer, and lives with his wife, the writer, Monica Bielanko, and their two kids, Violet and Henry.
Trout were being caught all around us, but it we didn't mind at all. See, in the course of a half-hour, just before my kids became more interested in playing with the worms in their plastic container than fishing anymore, we had all found a way to have a pretty terrific time standing together on the banks of a sweet little stream on a gorgeous bluebird afternoon.
So in the spirit of parenting and time and kids, I decided to commemorate Father's Day this year by combing the web and collecting a bunch of the coolest, funniest, and most touching 'Now and Then' photos of Dads and their kids that I could find.
As a daddy to a little 4-year-old girl, nothing frightens me more than knowing that the world is a super shallow pit of vipers when it comes to judging people on their looks. There is just no getting around the fact that physical beauty, especially if you are a woman, is a real thing. Yet MORE »
Of course, no matter how much we plan our family trips to the seashore, no matter ho detailed and precise we are with our visions of how our vacation should go, something always goes wrong, huh?
Give us a picture of a little kid innocently peeing on the grass while some blissfully unaware romantic couple kisses in the foreground and what we have, folks, is one of the best and purest modes of modern comedy known to man.
I think I have stumbled upon a list of the things that actually exist in this world that no matter how dire or desperate your shopping situation becomes you must NEVER EVER purchase and give to any woman for Mother's Day.
Most great art lives within the nuances. Inside of every superbly written sentence or painted detail, we are often swept away by the fact that someone captured something so familiar to us so perfectly. All artists, whether they are musicians or novelists or songwriters or whatever, strive to make that special connection with the public MORE »
I cannot wait until the moment, after all of the tears and scraped elbows have faded away, when I let go of each of my kids and they pedal their little legs so hard in a herky jerky line down the road all by themselves.
Many many moons ago, when I was 7 or 8 years old, my dad finished his dinner, dropped his fork with a clank, and looked over at me across our kitchen table with serious eyes.