Well, you found us, and I won’t lie… that makes us feel pretty damn special. After all, it’s not every day somebody as awesome and sexy and incredible and intelligent as you comes moseying around these parts.
Okay, enough butt-kissing…
I’m Dan. Single dad to Noah, the absolute awesomest kid on the planet. That is the truth.
When I started Single Dad Laughing in the summer of 2010, my life had just fallen to crap. My then-wife had left my life almost as quickly as she’d come into it, and I was feeling about as valuable as a dollar-store sweater (and unraveling just as quickly).
I started the blog because I was desperate for something, anything, to pull me away from that red-eyed monster of worthlessness. I wanted to laugh again. I wanted to vent. I needed to cry. What better way than by sitting down and writing? Writing has always had the power to heal me in my darkest of moments.
Little did I know anybody would find this blog. I sure didn’t plan on anybody finding it. I just threw my thoughts up there each day and figured if anybody came along and started following along it’d be like getting free popcorn at the movies or like finally getting to ride a rhinoceros.
I’ve always wanted to ride a rhinoceros. Bareback. Like a real cowboy.
I’ve also always wanted free popcorn at the movies. [sigh] oh well. A boy can dream.
So… yeah. Somehow quite a few people started finding Single Dad Laughing. Don’t ask me why. Don’t ask me how. I’m still scratching my head over it. According to this calculation, that shouldn’t be possible:
Yet here we are, still plugging along, still over-sharing all the randomness that rolls out of our sometimes crazy, sometimes lame, hopefully sometimes interesting lives.
So, a little bit about us…
Noah came to his mom and me through adoption. For that I am also thankful. There’s no way I could have produced a child that beautiful and incredible. I could go on for pages and pages about him, or you can just read some of my feelings for him in his adoption story.
As for me, my life has been about as random as the content in this blog. I was born in 1980. That means I’m a spring chicken to some of you and a dandy old codger to others.
My professional background looks like it was written by a fiction author who seriously had it out for me. As an adult I have gone through four career changes now. At one point I was an animal artist. I loved it. Until I hated it. After drawing more than 1,500 portraits of people’s dogs, chickens, goats, horses, cats, and alpacas, I couldn’t hardly stand to lift a pencil anymore. Now the only time you’ll get a drawing from me is if you’re dead. Morbid, I know.
After that, various roads led me into business where I spent six years managing retail, and later on the corporate side in marketing and sales. The last job I had was president of a therapeutic seat cushion company. That means I focused on other people’s butts for a living. It was way more glorious than it sounds. Okay, maybe not.
When I started Single Dad Laughing, I didn’t expect it to actually become my life. But it did, and it did in a hurry. I quit my job (still not sure what I was thinking) and devoted myself to my writing career full-time. Since then, I have published my first book (The Real Dad Rules which every parent I hope will read) and I’ve now written more than a million words on this blog.
That’s a crud-load.
And if you’ve followed along with any of it, you know that I tend to say whatever’s on my mind, for better or for worse. I tend to get all emotional and crazy and happy and sappy. I have a gift for ruffling feathers. I hope I have a gift for making people think and helping spread worthwhile ways of looking at things.
More than anything, this blog is a journal of my personal journey toward being a whole person (which thankfully includes a lot of laughing along the way). I am thankful for every person who joins me on that journey. The journey for anyone is always going to be bumpy and it’s good to have awesome company along for the ride.
So, thank you for being here. Thank you for caring. Thank you for following along. It’s you that makes all of it worth it.
And if you want to see “the other side” of what goes on in my personal life, subscribe to my personal page over on Facebook.
Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing
PS. If you know anybody with a pet rhino who wants to let me go all cowboy naturál, let me know!