Every since the beginning of Single Dad Laughing, critics have insisted that I invent all sorts of stories that I tell on this blog. “All of that simply couldn’t happen to one person,” one of them once said. The sentiment has been repeated many times by several different people.
From stopping at car accidents, to being rescued from mountaintops, to nearly dying, to the funny moments with my child, and even to past events like being bullied or struggling in religion, there are those who feel that I make things up (or at the very least greatly exaggerate) many of the stories that I tell.
Whenever I see such denunciations, I laugh out loud. And not in the “write LOL but really just smile” sense. I literally laugh. Because for those who live life and try to learn from that life that they live, there will always be stories to tell. And lots of them. There is no need to make anything up.
I have Noah x amount of time out of every week. Every single day I try to do at least one very worthwhile, fun, and bonding activity with him. Sometimes we do several. Every time I do something with him, I laugh about something, I reminisce about something, or I am taught something beautiful about life and parenting. Stories are created. And a fraction of those stories get told.
I go out with friends a couple times every week. We do fun things. Sometimes we do crazy things. Sometimes we do stupid things. We go fun places. We go on trips. We sing. We dance. We chill. We talk. We laugh. And in so doing, things happen. Stories are created. And a fraction of those stories get told.
I go hiking. A lot. I get outside. A lot. I ski. I snowshoe. I play sports. I workout 4-5 times every week. I invent sports with friends. I play tennis and soccer with Noah. I have a blast being active. And in so doing, things happen. Stories are created. And a fraction of those stories get told.
I have a family. A big family. A very Mormon family. Being a part of the family but not a part of the religion means that there are a lot of interesting dynamics going on. Amusing dynamics. There is a lot of fun. There is some drama from time to time. We go places together. We do things together. We get together often. And in so doing, things happen. Stories are created. And a fraction of those stories get told.