The New Kid in the Fake Mustache

Brody came home the other day and said, “Dad, there’s a new kid at school you’re really going to like.”

The kid’s name is Jason. Brody described him as not very tall or too athletic looking. In fact, if you judged Jason by his appearance, Brody said, you might assume he was probably a little shy and not too tough.

That’s until you hear what he did, and then you might assume he is confident and strong in all the right ways.

Apparently, Jason spent the entire day wearing a big goofy-looking mustache.

When Brody finally asked him about it, Jason simply shrugged and explained, “My little sister has been getting bullied. People are making fun of the way she looks. I decided to wear the mustache so that they would laugh at me instead.”

Brody was right. I do like Jason.

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About Gary

If you’re one of those people who wants to hear that “parenting is the most fun you’ll ever have in your entire life,” this blog is not for you. Instead, it’s for people who want the truth. That parenting is hard work. Most of the time it’s not fun at all. And you’ll go to bed most nights wondering why you put your heart and soul into something that is constantly driving you nuts. The only true solace I have found so far came a few years ago at a beach front bar in Cape San Blas, Florida. It was a particularly tough day with the kids. As usual, I was worried that I messed up a critical parenting decision and the results would ruin my kid’s lives forever. I was talking to a 75-year-old woman who is like a grandmother to Dixie. The woman had four kids, went through some very difficult times with them, but still claimed it was worth every minute. “But is it supposed to be this hard?” I asked her, with genuine despair in my voice. She just looked up, smiled, and said, “Only if you’re doing it right.”
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One Response to The New Kid in the Fake Mustache

  1. Julie McCrea says:

    I like Jason, too! What a great kid and a great story. Thanks for sharing, Gary. ❤

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