Things I’ve Said To My Children

Artist Nathan Ripperger creates unique images around sentences he would never have formed in English, except that he’s got kids.

One of the things we like to emphasize at the Good Men Project is that fatherhood should be valued and celebrated. Too often, though, fatherhood is celebrated in the same phony, idealized ways, all pipe-smoking paternalism and wearing suits around the house. We like to celebrate fatherhood as it is, with all the goofy, messy, occasionally ridiculous reality fathers enjoy every day.

In that spirit, enjoy a small selection of Nathan Ripperger’s graphics based on things he’s found himself saying to his children. If you like them, you should consider dropping by his Etsy store to pick up some prints.

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  1. Strider says:

    I have a whole list of things I’ve said that would never have become sentences if I didn’t have kids.

    Stop playing with butter.
    No, the dog did not wash your jeans.
    I don’t know if Santa likes beef jerky.
    Why is there an airplane in the refrigerator?
    We always have one kid under the table.
    What did you put in your ear this time?

    I know there are more, but it’s late…

  2. bravo! these are sooo funny and true and wise and real! and funny. did i mention funny??? i thought i was having a night of feverishly clutching my laptop mesmerized by absolutely nothing at all… what a fabulous surprise to find this!

  3. LOL – I do have to wonder if the context has been preserved!

    • I don’t think it needs much context. Kids do wild, fun, and sometimes really dumb things. I can picture the probable context in my head, just given the sentences themselves. đŸ™‚

      • Well – must be a cultural thing then, cos “The Leprechaun Is Staying In My Pocket” has me and all me Irish Ancestors scathing heads…. and the “Stop riding that penguin we’re leaving” has a Felliniesque quality all of it’s own.

        It has the ring about it similar to a very bad translation I have seen many times “The Sistrums Are Tinkling” indeed.

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