Go Ask Daddy About Small Fries, and Swiss Arches

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photo credit: Kalexanderson via photopin cc

It’s that awkward moment you realize your kid knows more than you think she does.

Grace and I walked along the pond’s edge to a better fishing spot. On our way, the sun exposed an amphibian love tryst, right there in the shallow water.  We caught Malik the boy turtle striking a pose in back of Harriet the girl turtle.

Even turtles do the wild thing.

“What are they doing, dad?” she asked.

Wrestling,” I snapped back (I swear Harriet smirked before I turned away.) “That’s how box turtles settle scores and establish territory. It’s a long tradition, and we should give them privacy. It’s customary for them to play Marvin Gaye albums during the process.”

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Things a dude must give up at ages 20, 30, and 40

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Men, we do enough to make ourselves look silly.

We wear fedoras, even though we’re not direct descendants of Vince Lombardi, in Justin Timberlake’s close circle of friends, or play bass in a really cool band, for instance.

We pick fights at youth soccer or baseball games.

We Grow a soul patch or wear skinny jeans. Wrong, at any age.

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