This silly business makes me really happy and is a great way to celebrate the dads who go out of their way to have fun with their kids, make a creative environment for them, and demonstrate that you don’t always have to paint inside the lines. OK, so this dad, who greets his 16 year old son’s school bus every morning in a different kooky costume, might be a bit over-the-top for many dads, but the amount of effort he puts into it and the anticipation and yucks it must generate on the bus each morning, is definitely inspiring. And I love looking at the costumes and imagining the conversations on the bus and how the son might feel (hopefully he’s a good sport).

This costume is a head scratcher. I imagine the son getting on the bus and everybody asking: “What is he? What is he!?” The son, heaving a dejected sigh as he plops into his seat: “He’s a pine tree.” [via Laughing Squid]

Wave at the Bus

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy person’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

  • Anonymous

    I immediately though of Kim Jong Il for that last one….

  • Gilbert

    This is the kind of Dad I want to be. lol

  • MarLake

    Ok, now that is fun! The son may not think so, but again he may love it as well.  Great dad’s make everything alright.

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  • Christian Restifo

    I love this. This is the type of dad who’s going to be talked about as the “slightly odd great grandparent” in the family. Grandkids and great grandkids will pester this guy to tell them about the time he dressed up for the bus for dad/granddad.

  • Eric Cherry

    That Dad has lost more than his leg! Awesome, but how embarrassing that would have been for so many of us at 16 to see our goofy Dad dressed as peg-legged Leah?

  • JoAnne Formanek Gustafson

    Talk about guts – go DAD!

    Everyone needs to have a little fun, and learn to laugh at ourselves and with others.

    I heard a radio interview with the son today. It sounds like it started out a little rough but he came around and basked (at least a little in) his Dad’s glory.

  • Daniel Barrington

    I heard this story covered today on Definitely not the Opera!  

  • John

    What a great person.  I hope his son appreciates how lucky he is.  It must be hard to keep coming up with ideas and actually having the energy to pull them off.  It’s people like that who make their area of the world brighter.

  • Jerry Rutherford

    Pretty kool… just as long as he doesn’t go shopping as Leah… that would be pushing it a bit!