Have you ever felt like you were failing as a parent? Me too.
At a random moment together in the kitchen, my wife asked me what I was teaching our two kids. The question ran through me like a 12-gauge shotgun slug. Immediately, I did what I always did: backpedaled and played defense. After some quiet time and reflection though, I let go of the ego trip; she was right. I wasn't teaching them anything other than potty humor (poop jokes are hilarious though.)
I was mad at myself. Mad at the world. The same things I hated in my Dad - the silence, keeping all the wisdom and honesty inside - were the same things I was doing to my kids. I was failing as a father, just as mine had done to me. Nope. No more. The generational bad habits stopped here.
When enough time passed, and the statute of limitations on my wife's idea ran out, I decided to do something about it.
The task was difficult; the obstacles, many. For the love of his kids, a spreadsheet guy was forced to play in the literary world. The $20,000 T-Shirt is the response to my shortfall as a parent. I'm passing down to my kids what I know to be true, not out of moral obligation, but out of love.
|Publisher:||Eighty Orchard Publishing, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.72(d)|
About the Author
When not writing advice for his kids, he is the founder and principal of Eighty Orchard Publishing and Tree Stories, a service teaching other parents how to live forever by writing their own life story.
He lives (and hides from the sun) outside of Charlotte, NC, with his wife, two kids, and his golden retriever, Max.
He invites readers to visit his website, devonispale.com, or follow him on the socials (devonispale on facebook, twitter, and instagram).
Table of Contents
Before You Dive In, Read This
Act 1: The Go-Kart (The Early Years)
Who Was Charlie Weaver?
Sunken Blue Real Estate
Coming Home Commando
Hide the Evidence
The First Time I Saw My Dad Cry
The Spaghetti Incident
Dark Glasses and a Tight Beard
The Hungry Donkey
Chickity-Check Yo Self
Forgiving David Isaac
Adults Are Clueless
The Concept of Enough
Use Your Turn Signal
Wiffleball, Potato Guns, and Popsicles
Act 2: The Eagle Talon (The Stupid Years)
My First Pair
That Hideous Blue Sweater
The Taco Bell Pay Phone
Have You Ever Seen a Sad Person on a WaveRunner?
The Day I Stood Up to My Dad
The $20,000 T-Shirt
Be the Crocodile
How You Do Anything…
The DMV Can Be Fun
The Joy of Low Expectations
The Small Wins Add Up
Courtney and Devon: The Early Years
Act 3: The Minivan (The “Adult” Years)
Don’t Seek Happiness
Balance Your Passions
Envy is a GREAT thing
Always Have a Plan B
Life is Gray
Own Your Labor
The 30-Year Test
The Panda Project
Tall, Pale, and Okay Looking
Seize the Day
Never Trust a Big Butt and a Smile
The Walmart Champion of the World
How to be Parent of the Year (Like Me)
4:30 AM Changed My Life
Hunt Antelopes, Not Mice
The End of the Road
Can I Ask You for a GIANT Favor?
Create Your Own Book