Cartoonist Nails What It's Like to Become a Dad

Redefining superhero

Cartoonist Nails What It's Like to Become a Dad


A professional illustrator has captured the highs and lows of what it is to be a first-time father in poignant cartoon called "Father's Days."

"When I said, 'I'm your dad,' it sounded like an apology," says the narrator and artist, known only as Bob.

Fathers are expected to be superheroes who rise to the occasion and save the day. It's an expectation that wears heavy on the shoulders of every new dad, and yet for Bob the reality turned out very different.  

"When one question mark disappears, quite often another one springs up to take its place," he says. 
"My experience of fatherhood hasn't been anything like what I thought it would be, but that's probably true of all dads." 

I won't spoil it for you, but suffice to say right from the word Go, Bob was faced with parenting surprises and challenges he hadn't have anticipated. 

In this moving video, one of our cartoonists explains how his experience of fatherhood was unlike anything he had ever expected.

Posted by The Telegraph on Friday, June 19, 2015

Still, he describes the process of drawing his experience as cathartic, and it's safe to agree the result is a moving, must-watch for all dads and moms alike.

Fatherhood transformed Bob in ways he never expected. In time, he grew to realize that he was never "supposed to be the hero in all of this..."
The honest simplicity of Bob's words and pictures perfectly capture both the beauty and insecurity of what it's like to suddenly find yourself responsible for a tiny human being. 
Happy Father's Day to Bob and to all the daddies out there! You are all superheroes in our book.
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Richard Branson: Dyslexia is a Gift

A negative into a positive

Richard Branson: Dyslexia is a Gift

How this British billionaire Richard Branson is turning a perceived negative into a positive.

Not only is Richard Branson making the world a better place for his Virgin employees, but he is also supporting kids with learning differences. "When my perons (sic) told me I had dslexia," wrote a nine year-old girl, "I thort (sic) my life was ruined." 

Of course Branson wrote back admitting that he actually viewed his own dyslexia as "a gift, not a disability. It has helped me learn the art of delegation, focus my skills, and work with incredible people."

He has often talked publicly about his learning challenges. "On one of my last days at school, the headmaster told me that I would either end up in prison or become a millionaire."

Talk about prophetic. The British billionaire may have dropped out of school at 16, yet that hasn't stopped him from being a visionary entrepreneur. He's in good company. So were Steve Jobs, Jamie Oliver, and the founder of Ikea, Ingvar Kamprad, who apparently named furniture items because codes were difficult to remember. And this graphic designer has even created a font that simulates what it's like trying to read when you have dyslexia.

You've heard of companies like CNN, Ford Motor Company, Hewlett-Packard, and Goldman Sachs? Yeah, they're all headed by people with dyslexia, too. 

So for his part, Branson has been paying it forward, sharing videos about dyslexia under the #likeadyslexic hashtag.

Small wonder that he had this advice for nine year-old Honor: 

"Don’t ever let people put you down for being dyslexic. Being dyslexic is actually an advantage and has helped me greatly in life. I look forward to hearing what great things you’ve achieved in life."

What an inspiration. Turning a negative into a positive. Now that's the kind of spin I can get behind.

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Why is Everyone Suddenly Growing Their Armpit Hair?

Shaving is the pits

Why is Everyone Suddenly Growing Their Armpit Hair?

The final frontier: Is hair removal really a sign of subjugation of the female species?

This week is all about armpits, or more specifically, armpit hair.

The media was awash in pictures of celebrities and hippie types from Miley to Girls' star Jemima Kirke raising their arms to show off their hairy and sometimes colourful pits. While over in China a social media contest urged women to share “characteristic and beautiful and confident” images of their underarm hair in the name of feminism and freedom.

"I hope to raise the issue of the ownership of female body and to dispel the belief that it is wrong for girls to keep their armpit hair," said the contest creator, 25-year-old Xiao Meili. "Keeping armpit hair should not be seen as uncivilized or dirty - it is nothing of the sort."

"The greater message here is about discussing the ownership of female body and challenging the stereotyping of femininity."

Ditch the razor! R.I.P. wax! Meili's contest was a call to disarm if you will...

Is armpit hair really the last frontier in female beauty? Is hair removal a sign of subjugation of the female species, or something a whole lot more trivial?

Removing armpit hair is not a telltale that you are repressed by society. 

Having gone through a requisite shaving boycott as a teen, I eventually picked up the razor again after a few months because I realized I preferred a smooth finish to a fuzzy one. 

But my decision to shave or not to shave is just that - my decision - and it's not one motivated by trends or some weird notion of femininity.

Way back during the London premiere of Notting Hill, Julia Roberts got flak from fans and critics for her dark pits. But as a species haven't we moved beyond caring about people's underarms since then? I'd like to think so.

So do whatever the hell you like with your armpit hair, see if I care!

Shave, don't shave, wax, don't wax... But whatever you do, do it 'cause you alone feel like it, not because you feel pressured by some political or fashion statement.

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