Friday, July 17, 2009

11 Year Old Boy + Skulls = Awesome

This link is part of Fatherhood Friday over at Dad Blogs.

I love my son's age. It's an interesting age for a lot of reasons. But the biggest of these is that I know exactly what he's into. It may go down in the books that I will always know what he deems "cool", but I doubt it. Eventually the gap will spread and he and I will be on different pages. But for now, I'm on it. 11 year-olds like death. Yep. Death and destruction. On the surface that sounds dark, but really it's not. Anything with a skull on it is golden to my son. I could put a skull and crossbones on a pink Care Bear and my son would sleep with it every night. That's how it goes.

The other day, I was purchasing a pair of shoes for myself on-line and I thought that I might pick up a pair for my son while I'm at it. I mean, not that I don't love his old shoes that smell like some has been living in his shoes, and that someone died about 100 years ago, and that while that person died, they shat themselves about a dozen or so times. That really has nothing to do with it because I think the senses in my body that would be offended by that foul smell, died a long time ago. So anyway, I'm looking for shoes for my son and within about 10 seconds I find them. There they are. A bright and shiny death beacon on a web page filled with shoes.

Needless to say, I was a hero. And for that day, I was the cool Dad.


  1. My younger brother is still into anything that has a skull on it and he's on the wrong side of 30. He's expecting his first child any day now, so I got lots of baby stuff with skulls and crossbones or camo for him. Loved it. I'm determined to be the cool uncle.

  2. PJ,

    Truth to tell, I don't know that skulls truly go out of style. I guess you're into them or you're not. And my son is definitely into them. And if he continues to be, I'll know what to buy him for the rest of his life.

    But buying something with skulls on it for your kid, a niece, nephew, or a friend of your kids makes you cool because it's always considered anti-establishment.

    Thanks for the comment

  3. Kudos to a Cool Dad! My kid is only 3 and already into what is hot, or not. LOL!

  4. BellaDaddy,

    Thanks for the comment. I should come clean and say that last night I was trying to buy some bed sheets for my son (he is currently sleeping on sheets with Lilacs on them) and I took him through some "kids" sheets with G.I. Joe and Yu Gi Oh and shit on them and I got a pretty good tongue lashing from my him for doing so. So I'm only kinda cool.

    And yes it's amazing how early they get into that. My daughter started the same thing about the age of 3.

  5. Skulls rock! Too bad I have two girls, although I guess that anything is possible. I've seen plenty of girls wearing skulls. However, I don't think my wife will let them wear anything but pink princess froo froo stuff.

  6. Scott,

    Fear not. My daughter has a pink shirt with a black skull and crossbones on it with a little bow on the skull. I shit you not. It's cute death.

  7. Never was a fan of skulls. Neither were my girls. However, working in retail, I realize skulls are desired on clothing and is considered cool! Each to his own.

  8. surprised mom,

    Truth to tell, I'm not much of a fan either. Some of them are cool, but I couldn't see myself wearing them around. I own one shirt that has a skull on it and that's because I'm a movie freak and the shirt is for Death Proof.