Friday, February 3, 2012

Sore Thumb

Sometimes I feel like people are unaccustomed to seeing a man toting a diaper bag and two young children. Add a long beard and some tattoos to the mix and normal, rational people don't seem to know what to think. I say this because I often notice people staring at us while covering their mouths and whispering into the ear of the person next to them. My wife and I thoroughly enjoy this aspect of our lives, especially when we are out together but separated in a location. She has on a couple occasions been privy to comments that have become fodder for our amusement.  

This phenomenon occurs more frequently in certain parts of town. I met olivia for lunch earlier this week. We decided to check out a new location of a franchise restaurant that recently opened. I wont name the part of town or the restaurant but I will say the town name rhymes with "Schmestavia" and the restaurant name rhymes with "Dewks."

I was carrying my skull and crossbones diaper bag, my wife's purse (she forgot it in a rush out the door that morning), Sailor in her car seat and Ruby. Apparently, I might as well have looked something like this:
It started before I even made it out of the parking lot. Two young couples coming out got an eyeful, the females looking mostly at the kids but the guys seemed genuinely in shock, I know in the south stay at home dads are certainly not the norm...but wow. Once we got inside it really got bad, like a scene from a movie where someone walks in the door or says something out and the record scratches. I noticed it increased as we moved through the restaurant and to a table.

Is it really such a rare thing, is the stay at home dad truly such a unique creature?
Other than this dad, how many stay at home dad's do you know?


  1. I think MOST stay at homes Dad's are a little less "Bikerish" ;-)

  2. I don't know...I've seen a couple on Chop Cult but around these parts of town...the SAHB (stay at home biker) is a rare animal.

  3. I know a couple, both great guys! Josh wears his kilt everywhere and I love to be on the other side of the room and watch those reactions! Lillie in the backpack, Lulu in the front bjorn, with the diaper dude bag (his is the orange one with the sword wielding lion), beard, and kilt - AWESOME!!

  4. Haha, yeah I bet that is a riot.
    You should send him my way, he sounds like a ruler.