I’ll admit, it’s hard to go back and read yesterday’s post. I started writing it planning on a humor piece, and it quickly turned into… well… that. I was really down yesterday. Dang.

It’s amazing what 24 hours will do for you, though. I don’t know what kind of awesome vibes you all sent me, but today was awesome and I’m feeling like a million bucks again. So, thank you.

My friend Jeni stopped by unexpectedly and setup a little Christmas tree for Noah and me while I sat in the next room trying to capture the photograph for the dreadful post. There I was wallowing in my own depression about how lame this holiday season has been, thinking only of myself, and she was in the next room doing something (unbeknown to me) that would have the power to turn all of this crumminess around for me.

When I walked around the corner and realized what she’d done, I nearly cried. She hadn’t read what I had written and she didn’t know what I was going through when she decided to bring it over. With her one act of kindness I was able to do an immediate 180, that’s how powerful it was for me.

I still posted the post. I promised myself when I started this blog that for better or worse, I’d always write the truth. Plus, I really liked the photo that I had taken for it.

Anyway, if her awesomeness didn’t do the trick, having a boys night out certainly did. I went with three of my favorite fellas and we painted the town red. Pizza, laughing, a movie, roughhousing, building forts, and a whole lot of other awesome stuff that you only get to do when you’re hanging with the guys.

Noah has been excited all week for our guys night out/sleepover with his cousins. We topped the night off with bedtime stories, bedtime promises, and then two bonus hours of bedtime drama. In fact, they’re still not asleep. Noah just walked out and declared that his cousin had punched him in the nose. Of course… everyone was innocent.

Today, I’m thankful for a true friend who did something selfless for me. I’m thankful that I get to be an uncle to these two awesome kids. And, I’m thankful eternally that Noah is mine. Bring on the holidays.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS, what’s one of the most wonderful things you’ve ever seen somebody do for another during the holidays? I think I need to write a really neat post about why Christmas is so awesome. Writing always has been and always will be my greatest therapy.

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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 1.4 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!