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Parenting Note #755: Plus None

parenting note #755

Last week, I had the honor of taking part in a friend’s wedding.

Typically, I’m not a fan of going to weddings. This dislike of weddings might be tied to my aversion to proms and formal dances in high school and college.

I didn’t date much in high school, so all of my dates and proms for formal dances were either friends or the most attractive and popular girls from lower grades.

Looking back, I realize this was an idiotic way to choose a date, but younger me did a bunch of idiotic things in an attempt to fit in and look cool.

All of my prom dates were incredibly nice, but ten minutes into the event, it became obvious they were there just to get dressed up and hang out with their friend also at the dance.

We’d hang out for pictures, dinner, and then they’d disappear for the rest of the night except for the obligatory “slow dance with the guy who brought you.”

Asking younger girls from the same school wasn’t as dumb a move as asking girls from different schools to be my date.

Those situations typically involved making sure a girl who knew almost no one was having a good time.

In most cases, my date was having an OK time – at least that’s what she said when I asked 100 times –  because she’s at a formal event where she knows almost no one.

For the first time in my life, I attended a formal even solo. The bride and groom gave me the option of bringing a date, but I declined since I’m dating anyone and being in the bridal party.

I knew I’d fall into the same old traps. I’d ask the most attractive woman I know and feel obligated to make sure she had a good time even though she didn’t know anyone at the event.

I thought going alone would feel weird, and it did, but not much different than going everyone else without a plus one.

It was an awesome wedding. I had a great time. I wasn’t responsible for anyone except myself.

OTHER STUFF I DID ON INSTAGRAM THAT YOU PROBABLY MISSED

OTHER THINGS I DID WHEN I WASN’T WRITING NOTES

ON LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF “WE RUN THIS”

We talked to Sabrina Stanley and Avery Collins, the “power couple” of ultrarunning. Both are incredibly motivated people and the way they met is pretty damn cute. You’re not going to believe this but the story involves running.

ON LAST WEEK’S EPISODE OF “NOT ABOUT WRESTLING”

We sat down with wrestling historian, Roy Lucier, about the early days of tape trading, rare Lucha figures, & more.

OTHER STUFF I WROTE THAT WASN’T ON STICKY NOTES

Honestly, not much, since I missed half the week because of the wedding HOWEVER I’ll take this moment to plug my book – The New Dad Dictionary.

Baby showers are back in full swing and Father’s Day is just around the corner. The book makes an awesome gift for either.

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Chris

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