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Mike lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two children, and increasing dependence on alcohol. Find him on dadandburied.com and its associated social channels (FB, IG, Twitter) and be ready for him to mock his kids, himself, and maybe even you.

Father Figures: Father’s Day

“This is my son Landon. In 2012, we celebrated Father’s Day with my dad a day early. My wife was 8 months pregnant.

As he was heading home tat evening, my dad said that next year I will be celebrating my own Father’s Day. My wife’s water broke at 3am that Sunday and Landon was born four hours later, on Father’s Day.

He was four weeks early and spent 10 days in NICU for underdeveloped lungs, but is now a wild and energetic 6-year-old. I called my dad that Sunday morning to tell him I get to celebrate Father’s Day this year after all, I don’t think he really believed me.

Not until I insisted he come to the hospital to meet his newest grandchild.”

– Pete Wirch

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Father Figures: Snowblower

“Feeling good about my Dad status this week.

We’re in the middle of the polar vortex in Wisconsin and I didn’t want to be a dad that just watches his kids sled. I wanted to be a dad that takes his snowblower and plows through 16 inches of snow, packs it down, and lights that M-F’er up!

I also think I’m now ‘that neighbor’ that does things like this, ha!

Great sledding memories with my boys.”

– Greg Smith

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13-Yr-Old Trades XBox and Does Yard Work to Buy Car for His Single Mom

13 Yr Old Buys Mom a Car
(YouTube/WSLS 10)

Parenting is expensive, exhausting, and stressful, and that’s when you have someone to do it with you. Being a single parent is even harder. When you’re the sole breadwinner responsible for raising your children, you need all the help you can get.

You probably don’t expect it to come from your kids themselves.

One grateful and proud single mom got exactly that when her 13-year-old surprised her with a badly needed car.

Krystal Preston lives in Fernley, Nevada with the three children and found herself in dire straits after an unfortunate and unexpected situation forced her to have to start over with her family. She’s trying to make ends meet for herself, her kids, and her three dogs, and she recently got help from the most surprising source.

Her son, William, is 13 years old, and to earn a little money, he does yard work, cleans up dog poop, and has even operated his own lemonade stand in his neighborhood. One day when he was scrolling Facebook, he saw someone was selling a 1999 Chevrolet Metro for a low price.

“It was really cheap so I asked her if I could trade it or earn it, and at first she said no and after she thought about it, then she said yes,” William told KOLO in Nevada.

William negotiated with the woman – they settled on some of his hard-earned money and his Xbox – and soon enough, she was at their door, waiting to take William and his mom to their new car.

“I lost it, I bawled, I was just like, there’s no way,” Krystal said. “And then she gave me the keys and the paperwork.”

She posted pictures of her son’s good deed to Facebook and suddenly they were local celebrities, gaining attention on social media and even being interviewed by a local radio station. But fame was never William’s goal.

“I didn’t really want that to happen, I just wanted to do it, that’s all,” William said.

“What 13-year-old buys their mom a car? I don’t know any,” Krystal says. “I can’t even express it; there are no words that can express my gratitude and how proud I am.”

Understandably so. If you want to help the Preston family, you can contribute to their GoFundMe.

800 Students Surprise School Janitor For His 80th Birthday [WATCH]

Students celebrate Janitor's 80th
(Facebook/Pike Elementary PTO)

There are countless numbers of people necessary to make a school run well, and almost all of them are usually overlooked.

We all know how undervalued and underpaid teachers are, but what about the people who work the cafeteria and are forced to cook for hundreds of picky, ungrateful kids, or the brave souls on the custodial staff who are forced to pick up after hundreds of gross children?

Luckily, not everyone overlooks those people, and the students at Pike County Elementary School in Zebulon, Georgia are the perfect example of how not to take the underappreciated, under-the-radar employees for granted.

Haze Mabry is 80 years old and has worked as a janitor at Pike for the last 13 years. He has three kids who matriculated through the school, but he considers all 800 students to be “like children of his own,” he told the Washington Post.

That affection for the kids shines through, and his devotion to them is a large part of the reason he is considered “the most loved person” at the entire school. To make sure he knows how much they appreciate him, all 800 students threw him a special surprise party for his 80th birthday last month.

When he walked in the doors that morning, the students were lining the halls to greet him, chanting his name, singing “Happy Birthday,” and handing him cards. He made his way down the hallway, overwhelmed by both the display and the sheer amount of cards he was handed, and making sure to hug many of the students as he walked past.

The school posted photos of the celebration on Facebook, stating “It may be his birthday, but we are the ones who receive a gift. The gift of having him in our school, lives, and hearts. This is the good stuff! Mr. Haze, you sir are loved, admired, and adored here at PCES. Happy 80th Birthday! We wish you the best today and always!”

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DJ Drops Remix of “Baby Shark” at Coachella, Do Do Do Do Do Do [WATCH]

Coachella DJ Drops Baby Shark
(Twitter/mmichelle_lopez YouTube/Pinkfong!)

This weekend marked the return of many things. Game of Thrones premiered the first episode of its final season and Tiger Woods took back the green jacket for his first Masters win since 2005.

Also returning was Coachella, the celebrated California music festival that started as a low-key indie-fest and has morphed into a full-on pop spectacle featuring zeitgeisty moments like Beyonce’s historic 2018 performance and Ariana Grande bringing *NSync back together.

Every year, the festival provides buzzworthy pop culture moments that spread across social media like wildfire at the battle of Blackwater Bay. (Sorry, still buzzing from GoT!) This weekend, the festival provided another such moment, albeit likely one most parents probably could have done without, provided there were any parents enjoying Jauz’s DJ set on Saturday afternoon.

Back in November, the DJ – who has over 200,000 followers on Twitter – posted a tweet promising to remix the dreaded kid music earworm “Baby Shark” if his tweet got 20,000 retweets.

He didn’t seem confident, but his followers called his bluff, sending more than 26,000 retweets his way and prompting the DJ to hammer the huge Coachella crowd with the insipid song in the middle of his set on Saturday afternoon.

Sorry about this, but you must watch the whole thing:

(Fun fact: That is actually the first time I’ve ever heard that song, despite having written about it here more than once!)

I can’t really tell the mood of the crowd during Jauz’s bizarre remix – I can’t be sure how many of the people at Coachella even know the song, being that the majority of them are probably neither toddlers nor parents – but not even the DJ himself seems entirely enthused to be playing.

But toward the end (shortly after he calls the crowd a bunch of Motherf*@ers) there’s no denying the remix throws the crowd into a frenzy as he blends it into Sandstorm by Darude, a chart-topper from 2000.

The question is, did they enjoy the remix or were they just cheering because it was finally over and being replaced by a true anthem?

Imperiled Baby From Famous Patagonia Photo Is Alive and Well


When you’re a parent, you never stop worrying. When I visit my parents and go out to dinner or drinks with my wife, they still wait up for me to make sure I got home safe. I’m 42. It never goes away.

Sometimes, it even extends to other people’s kids. Sometimes it even extends to fictional kids! Once you have children of your own, it’s hard to watch movies with kids in peril. It’s always a relief when they escape harm.

You’ve probably seen this photo from the 1995 Patagonia Spring catalog. It was taken at Joshua Tree National Park in California nearly 25 years ago.

Baby Tossed Across Cavern Patagonia

For many years the authenticity of the photo has been a subject of debate across the ‘net. Some have claimed it was originally another object being tossed between the two climbers and that the photo was either altered then or more recently to look like a baby.

With no official word, the baby has since been suspended in the air between her parents’ outstretched arms. It’s an agonizing photo, leaving the viewer to wonder if the baby is okay. It doesn’t help that the photo has since been the subject of many “Born Free Baby” Photoshop battles.

Patagonia Baby Remix

The good news is that the baby landed safely! She’s just come out of the woodwork to authenticate the photo and reassure everyone she’s alive and well.

In the photo, Jordan is a mere 6 months old, and she is in mid-air, between her parents, on a mountain. Her mom had just tossed her precious baby over a gap between boulders for Dad to catch.

In a new blog post on the Patagonia website, Jordan speaks out.

She’s now a 25-year-old aspiring court reporter in Huntington Beach, California that has inherited her parents’ passion for rock-climbing.

She doesn’t remember the perilous moment she spent in the air, but she does have a framed version of it in her home. She still loves to climb with her dad, telling Patagonia that the pair had recently returned from a trip to Big Bear.

“Climbing keeps our relationship going. I remember always wanting to be like him, wanting to take my shirt off like him and his friends, to be climbing like them. If he can do this at sixty—he’s ridiculous. Having him come over and help build a climbing gym for me as an adult, just like the one he built for us when I was a child? Let’s just say that one day I want that for my kids, too.”

Maybe this time without giving the rest of us a heart attack.

Father Figures: The Definition of a Dad

“I know we all have amazing dads that have made us all want to be better dads too, but I want you to know why mine is the best.

My dad is my stepdad, technically, but the only steps in our family go the basement. He has been in my life since I was 5 years old and while I didn’t treat him the best in the beginning he always treated me great and tolerated my difficulties. I didn’t appreciate just how much he had done for me and how much he meant to me until my oldest daughter was born.

When my daughter was born, I realized any idiot could have a baby (and I was an idiot back then) but a dad was something different.

A dad is there for you. A dad loves you unconditionally. A dad helps you move (every time, even though it’s a pain in the ass). A dad gives you guidance and advice but let’s you fail so you learn the lesson. A dad goes to all of your favorite movies with you and his happy to discuss them after. A dad teaches you sports but also beats you at them until you earn the win.

A dad pushes you harder than you ever knew you could be pushed so you know there are no limitations in life but the ones you let beat you. It was at that time that I realized I had a great dad all of these years and from that day forward I called him “Dad.”

While we might not have the same DNA, he doesn’t care; I am his son and he is my dad. I can never live up to the standards he set, but I know I am a better father because of him and his grandchildren could never ask for a better papa.

He truly is the best.”

– Taz Hughes

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New Star Wars Episode IX Trailer Teases “The Rise of Skywalker” [WATCH]

Rise of Skywalker Teaser
(YouTube/Star Wars)

The wait is over! And so are the Skywalkers?

Today, at the Star Wars Celebration event, they announced the title of the next Star Wars movie, the final installment in the new trilogy and the culmination of the Skywalker saga: The Rise of Skywalker.

It’s a fitting, if slightly confusing, choice since Luke perished in the last movie and Carrie Fisher, who played Luke’s sister Princess Leia, passed on in real life.

A brand-new teaser trailer debuted with the title, and it seems that thanks to both Force ghosts and some leftover footage from The Last Jedi, both Skywalker siblings will be returning, in some form or another. We don’t actually see Luke, but his voice-over dominates the trailer, providing Daisy Ridley’s Rey with the same guidance Obi-Wan once gave him.

The trailer focuses mostly on Rey, who has seemingly grown a lot more confident in her abilities as a Jedi, which makes sense given the end of The Last Jedi and reports that The Rise of Skywalker will pick up after a time-jump of unspecified length.

It opens with Rey standing tall in the middle of the Jakku or Tatooine or some other sandy planet’s desert and faces down an enemy fighter with nothing but a lightsaber, employing some acrobatics just in time to avoid it. We see shots of the Millennium Falcon, piloted by its original owner, Lando Calrissian, as well as footage featuring the rest of the new trilogy’s core cast, including Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren – repairing his busted helmet, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac). BB-8, C-3PO, and even Leia appear!

That’s right, Carrie Fisher’s General Leia is back, because, as Luke says in his voice-over, “No one is ever really gone.”

Not even the Emperor, apparently, if I’m not hearing things!

Am I nuts or is that Emperor Palpatine’s familiar cackle closing out the trailer, despite having been tossed down the energy shaft by his protege at the end of Return of the Jedi. Is he returning as the Big Bad from beyond the grave? Was he behind Supreme Leader Snoke’s machinations in the last two movies?

And how exactly does a Skywalker rise? We saw Luke’s moment of triumph at the end of Episode 8, and we know (at least we think we do) that Rey is of no relation to the Skywalker clan! There aren’t any left! I guess we’ll just have to wait until December to find out.

May the force be with you.

Father Figures: Daddy’s Little Helper

“This is my husband and our 3.5 year old son. Here, my husband is replacing my head-light, and my son is wanting to ‘help daddy,’ as he often does when his dad is tackling projects around the house.

No matter how tedious or frustrating the task, my husband never declines our son’s enthusiastic request to help.

Finishing these projects would be so much easier without having to exert extra attention to supervising a toddler’s attempts at ‘helping,’ but my husband prioritizes our son’s self-esteem over his personal convenience, allowing our little guy to develop his identity as ‘capable’ and as a ‘helper.’

I’m so proud that this is his version of fatherhood.”

– Rachel Gallo

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Dad Pushes Daughter out of Way of Speeding Car and Takes Hit [WATCH]

Hero Dad Pushes Daughter out of way
(YouTube/Los Angeles Police Department)

It’s every parent’s job to protect their kids. Usually, that means the normal stuff, like providing food, clothing, and shelter, and raising our children responsibly. But sometimes parents are called upon to do more.

That’s exactly what happened to one family in California when a dad saw his daughter in harm’s way and did what he had to do to protect her. Even though it meant endangering himself.

Michael Devore and his daughter Ryan were crossing a busy intersection in Los Angeles when Dad noticed a red car quickly coming there way, seemingly out of nowhere.

“As I look to the right, I see this car coming,” he told Inside Edition.

Video of the incident shows that just before the pair reached the sidewalk, the red car bursts on screen, headed right at Devore and his daughter, without slowing down in the slightest. So Dad did what any parent would do: he pushed his child out of the way and took the hit himself.

“My main objective was to push her out of the way and if I had to take the hit, I had to take the hit,” the father said.

“It was so scary so I started crying,” his daughter Ryan said.

Devore broke his legs in multiple places, but his preteen daughter escaped unscathed, and he is now being called a hero for sacrificing his own well-being to protect his kid. But he doesn’t want the accolades, because he doesn’t think he did anything any father wouldn’t do.

“I just did what a dad does,” he said.

The car sped off and police are still looking for it. In the meantime, a GoFundMe campaign has been started to help Michael Devore get back on his feet, which at some point may require knee replacement surgery.

See the video:

Tribute to Dirk Nowitzki’s Private Hospital Visits Leaves Star in Tears [WATCH]

Dirk in Tears After Tribute

As he celebrated his final games as an NBA player Dwyane Wade was recently honored by Budweiser for his off-the-court contributions with a moving new ad featuring some of the people the Miami Heat star helped during his years in the league.

Of course, Wade isn’t the only superstar leaving the NBA after this season, his rival in Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki, also spent much of the last few weeks of the year being feted across the league as he made his way out. One of the most moving tributes occurred in Dallas after his last game, and, like Budweiser’s Wade tribute, it had nothing to do with basketball.

After 21 years playing for the Mavericks (the longest a player has been with a single team), Dirk played his last game on April 9th. Before the game, the arena’s jumbotron displayed videos of the 14-time all star’s accomplishments. But there was one video, in particular, that got to Dirk.

It was the Mavericks’ own tribute to the star’s private, unpublicized Christmas visits to Dallas’s Children’s Medical Center, which he visited every Christmas season for years, making sure to keep cameras away.

The video shows various images of “Uncle Dirk” celebrating the holidays with sick kids, showering them with gifts and smiles, while the narrator – team photographer Brad Townsend – states that one four-hour visit in 2016 was the only time Dirk allowed any photos. The star power forward insisted that the photographer focus on the kids themselves, and not his presence.

By the end of the video – which the Mavericks also tweeted out and received over 10,000 likes and nearly 4,000 retweets – the crowd was in tears. And so was Dirk:

Of course, that didn’t stop the philanthropic star from dropping 30 points on his way out the door. His charity has its limits.

Bud Honors Dwyane Wade for His Off-Court Contributions in Moving Ad [WATCH]

Bud Ad Wade and Mom

This year, a handful of NBA greats are saying their farewells, like Dallas Mavericks’ legend Dirk Nowitzki, and Flash himself, longtime Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade.

It’s always emotional to watch a great player wrap up his career, but it can also be a lot of fun. Over the past few years, athletes have really taken ownership of the way they leave the game. All-timers like the Yankees’ Derek Jeter and the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant paved the way for this new era of extended goodbyes, announcing their retirements in advance and enjoying victory laps around their respective leagues as they played their final seasons.

On the occasion of Wade’s final year in the league, he has been swapping jerseys with other great players, including the aforementioned Dirk, former teammates like Lebron, and plenty of others. But to help him celebrate his career and send him off in style, Budweiser surprised Wade with a few more special items of clothing and filmed it all for a moving new commercial that honors the basketball star for his contributions off the court.

In the video, Wade is approached by five people whose lives he helped change in different ways. The sister of a high school student who died in the Parkland school shooting, a young man who was inspired by Wade’s success, a young woman who benefited from his scholarship program, and someone whose family he helped out after they lost their home in a fire.

The fifth person is Wade’s own mother, who credits her son’s faith in her when she was in prison with helping turn her life around. She gets the last word in the ad, telling the NBA legend, “I am more proud of the man you have become than of the basketball player. You are bigger than basketball.”

Budweiser responded to Rovell’s tweet of the video, saying, “His passion for basketball is only matched by his passion for helping others. #ThisBudsFor3.”

Sports writer Darren Rovell shared the spot on his Twitter feed. and the tweet has over 10 million views. And probably twice as many tears.

Cashier Warms Internet’s Heart When He Helps Little Girl Bag Groceries [WATCH]

Cashier and Little Girl Bag Groceries
(Facebook/Lisa Teach)

Nothing gets social media buzzing like a random act of kindness. Except maybe cat videos. But this story is a perfect example of the thirst we have for witnessing the good in people.

Lilly Teach has special needs, and she and her mom were shopping at a Giant Food store in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, when they arrived at one of Lilly’s favorite places: the checkout line.

While the 9-year-old dreams of one day being a doctor or a teacher, she also loves the thought of bagging groceries!

“My daughter, Lilly, loves to watch the ‘bagging process’ at the grocery store. She likes watching how everything fits into the grocery bags, kind of like the game tetris. I believe its sort of therapeutic for her in a way. She has many dreams, one of them is to work at a grocery store and bag people’s groceries,” Lilly’s mother wrote in a Facebook post.

So when the duo reached the cashier, ready to pay, Lilly reached over and started prepping a bag. The cashier, a young man named Isaac, clearly noticed the little girl’s enthusiasm.

“We’ve never met Isaac before, but as he watched Lilly approaching the bagging area, she started to get the first bag ready. Isaac, in a moment I’ll never forget, asked Lilly if she would like to help him and bag the groceries.”

Lilly’s mom, Lisa, credits Isaac not only with his friendliness and kindness but with his awareness that participating in the bagging process was something that meant a lot to the little girl.

“Lilly was thrilled and so happy to have this opportunity. I don’t know how Isaac knew how meaningful this would be to her, but somehow, he did.”

In her Facebook post that has nearly 2000 likes and over 800 shares, Lisa Teach recounts the special interaction Lilly and Isaac had.

“He took his time with her and let her bag each item. She independently bagged all our groceries and told Isaac, ‘I love you.’ She doesn’t say this to everyone, but in the moment, I believe this was her way of saying thank you for seeing me and for letting me help, I love you.”

Thanks to the Facebook post and the accompanying video, Isaac has received some attention and told local news outlet WXIA what inspired him to be so kind to Lilly.

“To be honest, I also have a disability. So I kind of figured since … no one had given me that opportunity when I was younger I thought, ‘well, why not?’” Isaac told WXIA. “It doesn’t matter if you have a disability. It just warms my heart to, you know, make this little girl’s dream come true.”

When Lilly and her mom returned to the store to give Isaac a thank you card, the manager offered Lilly a job – when she turned 16. She happily accepted.