r/MadeMeSmile Oct 02 '22 Wholesome 84 Take My Energy 1 Heartwarming 3 Timeless Beauty 1 Silver 24 Helpful 24 All-Seeing Upvote 2 Wholesome Seal of Approval 3 Ternion All-Powerful 1

When you get older and realize that the magical childhood is the result of your parent's effort. (fetched from: @hey.its.mikki) Family & Friends

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u/ThankeekaSwitch Oct 02 '22 Silver Helpful

Look grandad, this one says it's worth $1.99!

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u/ale_mongrel Oct 02 '22

Lol. Funny thing , when I was about 4, I had a little garden. Obviously. It was a garden tended by a 4 year old. Tend it I did.

One day my grandparents came over. My mom told me to show my grandparents my garden. Show them I did. There was a small pumpkin gourd. That my grandad had "planted" . I picked it up and showed them. Making sure to point out the price tag .

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u/thekrow3 Oct 03 '22

Point out price tag did you?

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u/SillyDig1520 Oct 03 '22

That he did. Point it out, the price tag, he done.

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u/Local_Working2037 Oct 03 '22

Laugh about this I did.

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u/Far-Face-Flop Oct 02 '22 Burning Cash
  • throws money in the ocean

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u/AnXioneth Oct 02 '22

Poseidon and his taxes. But is ok, the ocean doesn't clean it self.

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

Tribute to poseidon!

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u/LongjumpingBench3071 Oct 02 '22

This made me laugh. Thank you.

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

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u/randombrowse5 Oct 02 '22

Sure, but not in that quantity or quality considering the number of other people combing over them.

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u/cantiludan Oct 03 '22

Most easy to access beaches are cleaned beyond what the rest of the world would call normal.

https://youtu.be/bzNphmmrHtQ?t=89

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u/DrunkThrowawayLife Oct 03 '22

Do you live in a place where the nice shells don’t have a creature already living in them?

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u/ellefleming Oct 02 '22

Why's this one on sale?

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u/Greeneyes- Oct 02 '22

This one has your doctors prescription stuck on it

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u/mrwhiskey1814 Oct 02 '22

What's a "nitroglycerin" grandpa?

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u/cuddle_enthusiast Oct 02 '22

This one was made in China!

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u/OrsilonSteel Oct 02 '22

Go find two sand dollars! I’ll wait for you!

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u/softstones Oct 02 '22

“Oohp, that’s a keeper.”

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u/QiTheory Oct 02 '22

I laughed a little too hard at that

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u/cloud3321 Oct 02 '22

Shhh, little one this is going to hurt me more than you….

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u/one2three93 Oct 02 '22

This one is super 🤣

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u/allmyfrndsrheathens Oct 02 '22 Wholesome

I have 3 younger bothers and the middle one T has always been a bit immature but has definitely grown up a lot towards his late 20s. But this reminds me of one easter when we were all out at my parents place - my kids and the oldest of my brothers kids were all having an egg hunt together and T was walking ahead of the older (and faster) kids, sneakily grabbing some eggs before they found them and planting them further back for the younger kids to find. Looking back it was such an incredibly sweet gesture on his part and I just know he’s going to make an amazing dad one day, just like how he’s an amazing uncle now.

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u/_Kendii_ Oct 02 '22

That is so sweet =)

Sometimes we get the most unexpected surprises like that. Unfortunately I’m the baby by about 14 years so I don’t get quite this experience with my siblings.

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u/allmyfrndsrheathens Oct 02 '22

Being the baby doesn’t mean you can’t still notice the sweet unprompted gestures your siblings and family make to those around them.

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u/_Kendii_ Oct 02 '22

Yeah but I was 14 years younger than youngest sibling and 20 years younger than oldest one. Any kind unprompted gesture I caught, I kind of assumed that that was how normal adults acted. Nothing special. It wasn’t until a teen and almost grown myself that I realized any of that was special.

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u/IThinkICan52 Oct 02 '22

The older you get the less you will feel the difference I feel like once your in your 30s, age doesn't matter as much

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u/CedarWolf Oct 02 '22

One of my happier memories was going to a county Easter Egg hunt, where all the eggs were scattered in a field, with all the kids lined up on one end, ready to run across the field and grab the little plastic eggs. Since I was a little older than the other kids, I scooted along in front and got quite the haul.

I suppose folks would have been pretty upset with me for that, except when I got to the end of the field, I started throwing my eggs into the back rank, where the slowest kids were, so they'd still have eggs to find.

That was so much fun!

The little plastic eggs throw really well, because they're small and aerodynamic, and they can be heavy enough for a good throw when they're full of little bags of jellybeans and so on. I felt like an Easter Egg cannon, it was fantastic!

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u/Dadbotany Oct 02 '22

proceeds to bean one kid in the face with an easter egg

"Mommy it's raining easter eggs!!!"

That is a very cute story thank you for sharing that :)

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u/HolyZesto Oct 02 '22

On one St Patricks day party when I was very little my older brother convinced an entire group of kids there was a leprechaun upstairs by laying chips “traps” and then revealing to us a chip with a bite out of it indicate the leprechaun had come. We spent all day totally convinced and in awe of this until I eventually learned that my brother was the one taking the bites out when we weren’t looking. At the time we were devastated but I always remembered as a time when he made a moment really magical for all of us.

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u/GreasyPeter Oct 02 '22

I have 2 brothers. One of them in about 95% certain would abuse his kids emotionally (probable personality disorder) and the other one is so standoffish I can't tell if I should even ask him to do stuff. I do but 90% of the time my message is ghosted.

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u/Lucky-Ad5992 Oct 02 '22

So sorry to hear this. All you can do is the best you can do when given the opportunity. Be there for the kids when you can. God bless.

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u/GreasyPeter Oct 02 '22

The one brother who is standoffish is probably that way because me and my brother weren't kind to him as children. I did y realize it until much later but I think it was a coping mechanism to deal with my own abuse at my father's hands. Regardless, my brother didn't deserve the way I treated him and I've apologized a few times but he blows past it like he doesn't care (something he does with most heavy subjects). Still, at least he knows I regret the way I acted.

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u/Lucky-Ad5992 Oct 02 '22

Just stay strong and be there for him at his pace. We all have our stories but there can be forgiveness and healing with enough time and perseverance. At some point you need to forgive yourself too.

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u/CedarWolf Oct 02 '22

Wow, your brother is a dick.

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u/ArcticWolf_Primaris Oct 02 '22

Of course the guy in the EOD hoodie is planting stuff

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u/CodiNolina Oct 02 '22

And of course he’s planting shells.

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u/georgethehawaiian Oct 02 '22

My how the turn tables turn

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u/Carlile185 Oct 02 '22

He has been planning that joke, embedded in his family’s video archives. God tier dad joke

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u/Additional-Goat-3947 Oct 02 '22

What does EOD mean? I just thought he was looking forward to the end of the day like the other dads.

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u/ArcticWolf_Primaris Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

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u/markiv_hahaha Oct 02 '22

Eminem's Old Dad

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u/Arikaido777 Oct 02 '22

Easy On (the) Dijon

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u/Idea-Royal Oct 02 '22

I like how that's what your mind thought of out of any possible eod word combination 🤣

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u/Arikaido777 Oct 02 '22

guy just looks like he doesn’t like mustard

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u/-Anonymous-Anomalous Oct 02 '22

Ordnance ≠ Ordinance

Ordnance: Military supplies including weapons, ammunition, combat vehicles, and maintenance tools and equipment

Ordinance: An authoritative decree or direction. An order.

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u/BaconReaderSlut Oct 02 '22

Today I learned. Thank you.

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u/-Anonymous-Anomalous Oct 02 '22

If you need to remember, just remember that “there’s no i in bomb, just like there’s no i in ordnance.” I admit, I just made that up. But it may stick in someone’s head enough to help remember lol.

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u/Mkreza538 Oct 02 '22

They are an interesting group of people https://i.imgur.com/PZ0xzt8.jpg

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u/mpykonen Oct 02 '22

Rod means he was a crazy man that handled danger putty like it was the 3rd grade.

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u/Phreakophil Oct 02 '22

That made me smile even more

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u/my_army_account Oct 02 '22

I'm pretty sure I know exactly which beach this is because of that hoodie and where I happen to know of an EOD school.

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u/keni98 Oct 02 '22

So this is the guy that's been buying up all of Sally's shells by the seashore!

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u/demoralising Oct 02 '22

This is beautiful. My dad was ill for most of my life, so most of my memories of him are quite sad ones. We never went on holidays or anything like that but we always tried to make each other laugh with silly jokes etc.

Cherish your parents. X

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u/Junglebitty Oct 02 '22

Alot of my best memories with my dad are the ones filled with laughter

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u/dankHippieDude Oct 02 '22

I live on the PNW coast and one Sunday I watched a g’pa bring a bunch of kids to the beach and dig up a big, antique-looking treasure chest he’d buried earlier. It was pretty cool.

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u/dontworryitsme4real Oct 02 '22

I'm imagining it being full of chocolate gold coins

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u/Alert-Assumption-115 Oct 02 '22

Great guy, i wish I had something close to that.

Cherish him.

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u/Dlacreme Oct 02 '22

If you can't have that then try to be this guy for the people around you ❤️

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u/Jake20702004 Oct 02 '22

Ik. My childhood sucked because my parents never cared. Hopefully, I'll break this cycle someday.

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u/Labotomyy Oct 02 '22

Same my parents never wanted me. Got abandoned for existing.

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u/abmountain Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22 Wholesome

When my son was 3 he loved to dress up as a pirate. So, on our yearly beach trip I made sure to bring our metal detector and got up early to hide "treasure" one morning. The treasure was just metal washers from my workshop. I drew him a pirate map that I made to look super old (I'm a professional artist) and told him I found it in the house we were staying at. We set off to find the treasure, with him dressed as Blackbeard, barely able to hold up the metal detector. Finally he discovered the "treasure," and he was so pissed once he realized they were just washers that he stormed off back to our rental house, leaving me to find all of the remaining washers by myself, looking like a weirdo combing the beach with my metal detector...

Edit: Because some of y'all need explaining: I didn't know my son knew what washers were. It's not like he was a mechanic. He was 3. They were the closest thing I could think of that he might think were doubloons.

Also, I think what the grandpa in OP's post is awesome, and kids should be made to think the world is a magical place where you find perfect seashells and hidden pirate treasure.

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u/AuntyPC Oct 02 '22

If you're gonna go that far, why didn't you hide cool stuff, pennies, nickels or even quarters for him to find? ;)

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u/abmountain Oct 02 '22

I wouldn't want to spoil him. Imagine how evil of a parent I'd be for not making him realize what a hard day's work is.

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u/AuntyPC Oct 02 '22

But you're defeating the whole point of the excursion. This wasn't about teaching him about hard work, it was about having an adventure as a pirate, right? Pirates find loot, not metal washers. lol, btw, who ended up with that day's hard work? ;)

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u/abmountain Oct 02 '22

I thought my sarcasm was obvious...

Honestly I didn't think he knew what washers were and I thought that would fool him into thinking they were doubloons. He knew that quarters are not pirate treasure.

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

I used to do something similar for my kids. Easter, we would go for a walk in a forest or an old town. I would take a bag of the little easter eggs and walk ahead and put some down along the way. I'd say.. Watch out for any eggs the bunny left... They would get all excited.. Looooook! There's one! I could carry that on for ages... I think I was probably more pleased than they were. They're adults now and they still remember it.

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u/implodingpixies Oct 02 '22

My parents did this for my youngest sister a few years ago with a megalodon shark tooth a friend gave them. Dad dropped it in the sand where she was looking for smaller teeth and the joy on her face was just awesome 🥰

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u/instadasha Oct 02 '22

I was walking around the park with my grandparents, and was always looking for coins on the ground. I found a lot one time, it just was never ending - coins after coins. I was so excited, but then realized it was my grandfather throwing coins for me to find.

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u/BlackDogOrangeCat Oct 02 '22

When my brother and I were little, Dad would hang sleigh bells outside the bathroom window on Christmas Eve, with a string running into the living room. When it was bedtime, he would pull the string so we knew Santa had arrived, and we had to get to sleep quickly! I could even hear the reindeer walking on the roof (in my child mind). As an adult I found the sleigh bells in a box and asked Dad about it. He laughed because he thought we figured it out as kids. It was magical, and he was so sweet to keep it going.

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u/LexB777 Oct 02 '22

Last Christmas with my parents, my brother, SIL, and my two nephews I put a few crumbs on a plate and drank a glass of milk, then left the two dishes on a small table behind all the presents. The youngest kids always hand out the presents from underneath the tree in my family, so they got to be the first to "discover" the dishes. The joy that came across both of their faces was so pure.

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u/BlackDogOrangeCat Oct 02 '22

Awww. That's sweet. When my own daughters were little, we would leave a few carrots out for the reindeer. One year I didn't buy any, and it was too late to go to the store, so I told them that reindeer also like to eat dry cat food. From then on we left a bowl of meow mix out for them.

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u/JediNinja92 Oct 02 '22

I eventually realized that the bells were supposed to be Santa’s sleigh. I originally thought that you heard the bells because Santa was climbing in the bathroom window.

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u/I_am_not_JohnLeClair Oct 02 '22

Setting them up for the crushing defeat of real life...haha jk. That’s sweet

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u/cheeseyt Oct 02 '22

Yeah my parents did this too and I decided that it was the ocean calling to me so I went to school to become a marine biologist… based my life on a lie. Marine bio is incredibly hard to find a job and I wound up going in a completely different direction after college. It all worked out but damn that was a shock to learn as an adult.

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u/chessgod1 Oct 03 '22

It all worked out but damn that was a shock to learn as an adult.

Shell shock?

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u/PlasticCoterie Oct 02 '22

Modern day Moana syndrome.

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u/Hoodoo89 Oct 02 '22

Do American beaches not have real shells or something?

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u/seasonedearlobes Oct 02 '22

Shells? in this economy?

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u/cuddle_enthusiast Oct 02 '22

At this time of year?

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u/guyute2588 Oct 02 '22

May I see them ?

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u/_aperture_labs_ Oct 02 '22

No.

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u/ConsiderationFun4612 Oct 02 '22

Seymour the house is on fire!

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u/nathanjoyce92 Oct 02 '22 Silver

She sells sea shells on the sea shore, She sources these shells from a sea-horse store, His wholesale shop sells sea shore shells, So she sells shells well and the shell shares swell!

Well the shell don’t stop with the sea shore shop, Since the sea-horse store ships in his shell stock, Some shell shipping shrimp stock the sea shell shelves, So the shore side shop stays stocked with sea shells!

But the selfish shell seller soon suffers shell shock, See, a shrimp ship sunk so there’s no more shell stock, The sea-horse shuts shop if shellfish ships stop, So the sea shore store sea shell sales drop!

They say she sold sea shells on the sea shore, But the shellfish ship sunk so she sells shells no more.

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u/dinosaur_khaleesi Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

A lot of times shells get broken from the waves and whatnot so what you find on the beach are shells but it's hard to find something big and beautiful. The intact shells are most likely to be found in little underwater tide pools not on the beach itself

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u/Fettnaepfchen Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

The intention behind the video is sweet but it wouldn’t have worked in my family, because we always knew that you wouldn’t find perfect and polish shells on the beach and on the opposite enjoyed hunting for bits and pieces like puzzles. I remember that we used to look at the broken pieces of seashells with our parents and would talk about what kind of snail or shell it originally came from, If it was apart from the tip or from the door, how they would look intact etc. They also taught us early to always throw live animals back into the sea and how the pretty shells in the shops where likely to have been caught / harvested while still alive, because otherwise they wouldn’t be so intact and perfect, especially the large ones. I have admittedly not researched how they are actually sourced but it made sense.

However, we do the same sneaky distribution during Easter time with small chocolate eggs, and sometimes now Big Brother joins into the distribution for the smaller brother which is so kind.

I also remember one time when we went up a mountain path and I guess my mum must’ve dropped some half jewels, because no way you find a tumbled half gem on the road. It was awesome back then and we felt like treasure hunters. The guy in the video has his heart in the right place and the kids surely made some nice memories, speaking as a former child I was always happy about anything and everything I found though, broken or not.

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u/dinosaur_khaleesi Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

Yeah that reminds me of a time when we went tide pool diving for shells. I found a starfish and my mom told me to take it back and leave it out in the sun. And I only found out later after it had moved an arm a little as it dried that position that they're alive (I was like 7). I felt so bad.

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u/vagabonne Oct 02 '22

That’s a little fucked up of your mom tbh

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u/thenaturalwitch Oct 02 '22

Yeah I think it’s much healthier for kids to contend with reality when it comes to real things. Chocolate eggs, go for it, but seashells, nah.

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u/Hi-Impact-Meow Oct 02 '22

The ocean life has been decreased significantly in recent decades and oceanic acidity makes shell formation difficult, so yeah there’s just a lot less in the oceans now.

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u/papitaquito Oct 02 '22

This is true but there are still areas full of shells. Down in FL where I’m originally from there is like a 3 mile stretch of beach where you will find beautiful perfect smaller white conchs… however it is contained to this one stretch of beach. I still havent figured out why. The beaches north and south of it have some but not nearly the concentration. I’m referring to some beaches in the Clearwater/St Pete area.

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u/C4onic Oct 02 '22

r/mademesmile, c'mon!

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u/Hi-Impact-Meow Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22 Silver Faith In Humanity Restored

O-ohh yes, right right, uhhhhhh the shells are just hibernating when we go and look for them 🥹 they’ll be back next season 💙

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u/thisisastupidname Oct 02 '22

They’re in a lovely farm up north, they’ll be coming down soon!

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u/noir_lord Oct 02 '22

uhhhhhh the shells are just hibernating til the humans have gone 🥹they’ll be back next geological epoch 💙

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u/Long_Ad_5348 Oct 02 '22

We prefer our pollution thank you very much

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u/Ill_Athlete3019 Oct 02 '22

Haha…we do and there are plenty of shells to find. Kids don’t need fancy shells. They are pretty happy with the ones they find that were there to begin with. The guys heart was in the right place though. It’s sweet.

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u/Fantasy_masterMC Oct 02 '22

I imagine popular commercial beaches don't. To have shells, you have to have sea life. Sea life has a hard time when most of the summer consists of trampling humans. I'll leave further possible details for other subreddits.

This might not be such a beach, but it might still be mostly empty of interesting stuff.

As a child I always gravitated more towards 'isolated' nature, insofar as that existed in the Netherlands (outside of the 'Veluwe' we have perhaps 2-3 natural parks/areas of any significance, and most of the rest is 'Waddeneiland' territory), so I've collected legitimate shells (sometimes accidentally digging up live shellfish, which I promptly put back on the ground after examining them. Though they probably got eaten by birds not long after), as well as skeletal remains of animals that I sometimes found (don't ask me why, I was a morbid little kid sometimes).

However, the feeling of wonder at finding a unique shell you've never seen before is a really big deal to a young child, so I can definitely understand this guy's motivation. Even if there are shells on the beach naturally, they might be mostly uninteresting (the type of simple shells that go into concrete or become 'shell paths').

TLDR: Regardless of whether there's actual seashells to find naturally, souvenir shops usually have an interesting variety available, and the wonder of finding something unique-looking means a lot to a child, so kudos to this guy even if it's not necessarily needed for his kids to enjoy themselves.

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u/Technical_Ability572 Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

of course they do but rarely you’re going to find the same amount of high quality, in tact, shells that you would with this method…. If you’re doing a seashell hunt without this it’s going to be a lot more crack sand dollars and small shells, not as many so colorful and intact.

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u/616659 Oct 02 '22

Yea, the ones that wash ashore are usually fragments of broken shells or really tiny one, not quite amusing for kids.

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u/withyellowthread Oct 02 '22

As a former young kid… I’d much rather find parts of shells organically than perfect shells planted by someone

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u/MaxTheRealSlayer Oct 02 '22

Yeah I would be pissed if I found out it was all a lie and the shells were planted by my grandpa or dad. It sets unreasonable expectations for their whole lives. The next time they go to a beach without him there, they will be disappointed

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u/sei556 Oct 02 '22

When I was in Florida I actually collected a lot of shark teeth. Few shells, bur the teeth were something new to me ans very exciting!

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u/Longjumping_Sleep_12 Oct 02 '22

Yes but the shells you find in unreal tournament

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u/HarrysGardenShed Oct 02 '22

Free shells for everyone? Are you a communist?

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u/BethyW Oct 02 '22

We still have shells but you have to time it correctly to get good shells. Usually first thing in the morning right at low tide. And not a touristy beach.

So its a lot of checkboxes for an actual gamble too. If this is not a family local to the beach, this method allows for dad to sleep in and the kids to treasure hunt.

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u/Calber4 Oct 02 '22

We put them in stores to sell them to people so they can hide them on the beach for their kids.

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u/scriggle-jigg Oct 02 '22

They do. But imagine hundreds of people every day scouring a beach for shells basically 12 hours everyday during sunlight. It’s slim pickings by end of day.

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u/Wonderful-Bread-572 Oct 02 '22

People say "American beaches don't have shells??" Like there's not 153652.12 km of beaches in usa which might possibly have variation to them

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u/carniedamus Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

We do just not plentiful, it can be difficult depending.

This seems more like a way to ensure the kids find something and not go home empty handed

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22 Helpful

Shit like this often makes me sad about my own childhood. Some people really grew up without drugs and violence as their baseline. Sounds nice.

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u/KnopeCampaign Oct 02 '22

You and me both, my dude. It’s really powerful if you have kids of your own, to create magic like this for them.

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

Naw children are my biggest and worst fear. I'm not trying to fuck up some kids. my childhood left me with scars and mental health problems that would make me a terrible parent.

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u/KnopeCampaign Oct 02 '22

I hear you and respect that. I’m very fortunate to have been able to sustain no-contact with my own family, and have married into one that honestly gives me imposter syndrome with how healthy and normal they are. But there’s other ways to heal your inner child by providing fun and magic I hope you can do something like that sometime soon ❤️

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22

Thanks I appreciate it. I'm still working on developing healthy relationships. Once I learn how to trust people maybe I can start having friends and relationships.

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u/Appreh3nsive_Hat Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

Dude I related with you both and have been a heroin addict for almost 15 years of my life, using every other drug under the sun in between. I’m certainly not advising others to have kids for this reason, but having one set me straight. I’m over 2 years clean, in the best shape since high school and finally have my shit together. I can no longer afford to live selfishly with the possibility of an overdose around each corner.

Having seen the worst of it makes us much more careful about how we choose to raise one ourselves.

Anyway, hope you’re alright today 🤜🤛

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u/TheTrueGrizzlyAdams Oct 02 '22

I found out in my 30's my mom would do this for us on our yearly vacation. I was shocked. We weren't well of by any means when I was young but my parents made sure we never went without. Finding things like this out as an adult really made me appreciate my childhood and inspired me to bring the same level of love and ingenuity to how I parent my sons.

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u/my_lady_my_tuna Oct 02 '22

Omg this music just ruins the moment for me

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u/ACardAttack Oct 02 '22

Yep, not sure why every fucking video clip needs music. Is this because of Tik Tok?

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u/ChojinWolfblade Oct 02 '22

I'm 41 and took my 43 yr old sister and her son fossicking for gem stones about a month ago. I know she has the attention span of a gnat and her son isn't far behind so for them to enjoy fossicking I pre-seeded the river bed I was taking them to early that morning. I lugged all up 3 milk crates of various size and colour rocks from my car down to the creek and spread them out for about 50 metres. Took me a good 30 minutes to an hour. Met them at lunchtime, we all drove to the creek and I helped them 'find' their first three so they knew what to look for (although they were very obvious given the positioning, the glaringly obvious colours and types of stones). They then spent the next couple of hours... Playing with the dog and a stick. Their total fossicking haul? The 3 rocks that I showed them. I was so disappointed that I didn't even bother recovering my rocks, hopefully some lovely more deserving people find them. And people wonder why I hate my family.

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 21 '22

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u/ChojinWolfblade Oct 02 '22

Very true, lacking context that is. They asked me to take them fossicking. Ergo I complied. You wouldn't ask to go fishing if you want to play cricket now would you? The point of my story is that a lot of people don't appreciate the amount of time and effort you put into doing something for them, even if they're not necessarily aware of your actions. OP only now, presumably 20 or so years later, discovered that their father was seeding shells for them to find. I can appreciate and relate to his efforts. Good man and hopefully he'll be even more appreciated now for all the things that they mightn't even know that he's done along the years.

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u/Destinoz Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 02 '22

My wife and daughter don’t play cricket when they ask me to take them fishing, but they do very little fishing. Usually they march around marveling at birds and trying to find lizards. Then take pictures of the lizards. It’s ok, the point is wanting to spend time together.

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u/[deleted] Oct 02 '22 edited Oct 12 '22

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u/ChojinWolfblade Oct 02 '22

Rocks are easier to catch

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u/Fluffy-Imagination51 Oct 02 '22

That sounds fun! I LOVE colorful gemstones, especially amethyst. I’m sorry they didn’t appreciate you.

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u/ChojinWolfblade Oct 02 '22

They would have to have been aware of my actions to be able to appreciate them, but thank you for the sentiment. You should google what semiprecious stones might be in your area, then google what they look like 'in the rough' (raw and uncut), you might find you have some nice ones in your neighbourhood!

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u/Fluffy-Imagination51 Oct 02 '22

I’ll have to try that, thank you!

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u/BethyW Oct 02 '22

I am so sorry to hear that. I have no idea was Fossicking is but I feel like that would be fun. Is it in a certain geography?

This also reminded me of news articles where people find rare stones or glass floats on the beach... Now I am going to feel like they were just planted by some loving family member.

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u/ChojinWolfblade Oct 02 '22

Thank you for your sympathise. Fossicking is just straight up looking for rare crystals or semiprecious rocks. Amethyst, Jasper, opal etc. You can either just do it by walking along a river or with tools like a shovel and pick etc. You can then do lapidary, which is the cutting and polishing of them to turn them into jewellery or just as samples. Geography is a bit involved in so much that if you're looking for particular types of rocks you need to know how they're formed and therefore where you will find them. But fossicking can be just a really chill and easy hobby to do when you go on a hike. You won't find much at a beach but as they're all mainly formed by volcanic activity.

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u/CedarWolf Oct 02 '22

3 milk crates of various size and colour rocks

Did you find and source them all yourself, or did you get them from one of those places where you can buy soil to pan through?

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u/ChojinWolfblade Oct 02 '22

Nah I find them all myself. Personally I don't think finding seeded rocks is as rewarding as discovering your own, but, like why I did that for my sister, I understand that some people get frustrated and disheartened if they can't find anything and then just immediately dismiss ever trying it again. It's just a pass time really, a lot of people might go for a hike and while they might notice the beautiful birds they fail to see what's beneath their feet.

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u/CedarWolf Oct 02 '22

I did something similar when I was a kid. We were in Alaska, and there was a creek bed where you could go and pan for gold.

Admittedly, I don't know the first thing about where to scoop up dirt to pan for gold, but we did find a few flakes here and there. However, the tiny amount we found didn't seem worth it for the wet and the effort we put in, so I soon discovered that I had much more fun playing about with the pan in the creek like a boat.

I suppose, in hindsight, I kind of regret that we were out there to pan for gold and have this experience, which I got out there and sort of ignored once on site, but I do remember hanging out with my family and that part was fun.

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u/ChojinWolfblade Oct 02 '22

That still sounds like quality time and you were a kid! Back then we tend to not think about the effort others might have gone to for our enjoyment. I remember a funny story that Billy Connelly told about taking his kids on this grand adventure, him and his wife getting up in the middle of the night to build a dragons nest and lay dragon eggs in it for their kids to find the next day, all these other things they went to for such great endeavours to please the kids. So at the end of the holidays they're back home and he asks the kids what their favourite part of the trip was!? And the kids reply it was the cartoon they watched in the car on the way home 🤣 I felt his pain.

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u/stabinface Oct 02 '22

So the guy literally gets between an actual level of excitement of finding something cool by artificially planting shells for the kids to find.... I don't know man, I see the sentiment of this but my lord talk about setting up for failure.

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u/danegermaine99 Oct 02 '22

Most of Reddit - “this is sweet”

Other ones - “why do you lie to your kids, monster?”

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u/AlphonzInc Oct 02 '22

HES RIGGING THE SEASHELL HUNT

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u/hellgal Oct 02 '22

This is so sweet! My mom does something similar. Whenever we go fishing, if there's a kid with us who's never gone fishing before, she'll let them hold her fishing rod for her while she "goes to get something." What the kids don't know is that my mom has managed to hook a fish already, so when they pick up the rod and feel a tug, they very excitedly reel the fish in, happy at what "they've" caught.

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u/Youngbraz Oct 02 '22

I did this with my grandkid’s this summer but used shark teeth I bought. They loved it.

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u/Fuzzy-Wallaby7328 Oct 02 '22

they are making some happy core memories that's really sweet

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u/Jaybleezie Oct 02 '22

Something similar happened to me. I grew up in California and in grade school we went on a field trip to some famous gold rush place where they let kids pan for gold. I remember not being able to find any so I asked the employee to help me. I saw him dump 2 tiny nuggets of gold into the pan from his hand right before he magically found some. I called him out on it and he denied it over and over. Props to that dude for trying to make a little kids day. 30 years old now and I still have that gold.

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u/ThemadFoxxer Oct 02 '22

that is a good tactic. my grandkids are young enough I still dress up as santa and "sneak" into their house, being just loud enough for them to come see who it is and watch me stashing presents.

little do they know my son leaves a bottle of my favorite whiskey and my daughter in law leaves me a pumpkin pie to take home on the counter. Santa gets tipsy, and grandpa gets grumpy early on christmas morning..

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u/Justalittlebear0223 Oct 02 '22

My dad used scatter bells in our yard on Christmas eve, and on Christmas morning, My brother and I would go out and look for any bells that might have fallen off Santa's sleigh. It's one of my favorite memories.

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u/DontTellUrMom Oct 02 '22

These kids are going to grow up and one day tell their children a story about how “back in their day the seashells were so much better”.

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u/613TheEvil Oct 02 '22

Dislike for lying to generations and the horrible crying-meowing music. And screw the seashell industry, it's hurting the environment.

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u/DragonAgeFan123 Oct 02 '22

"Screw the seashell industry, its hurting the environment" is not a sentence i expected to ever hear/read

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u/613TheEvil Oct 02 '22

When seashells become a commodity and profit is the number one goal... You can imagine the impact on the environment, no?

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u/DragonAgeFan123 Oct 02 '22

Oh i get it no mistake there, again, just not a sentence i thought id ever hear

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u/Kobean24 Oct 02 '22

I still remember when my parents put money in the socks I've put up during Christmas and made me think that Santa was real.

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u/P0ulpi Oct 02 '22

When I was little my parents took me and my brother for a walk in the forest on Easter morning. In the woods, all along the way, we found chocolates left by the bells (that's what we believe in France), it was a magical moment. Years later I learned that my parents had gotten up at dawn to hide the chocolates :') I promised myself to do the same when I'll have kid

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u/nanoinfinity Oct 02 '22

If you do hide chocolate in public trails, make sure it’s in containers or otherwise out of reach of dogs and wild animals!

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u/Funny_Science_9377 Oct 02 '22

So the children will never be fascinated by the actual shells found a real beach when dad isn’t around.

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u/betsaroonie Oct 02 '22

My dad would do things like this. When I was a little girl and we were at a warm tropical beach and he was trying to teach me how to snorkel. He bought some souvenir shells and planted them so that I would find them and dive down to get them. To this day I love scuba diving.

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u/pootheloo1234 Oct 02 '22

I remember for Easter there used to be half eaten carrots and a small dirt trail by our Easter baskets. Parents true are a magical thing and I hope to continue that tradition with my children.

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u/RickSE Oct 02 '22

Did this with my kids and their cousins on cape cod for years. At six years old they never questioned why shells that are only in the South Pacific turned up in Massachusetts. 😎. As the oldest ones figured it out they would help to drop shells for the youngest ones. They still talk about searching for shells 20 years later and I don’t detect anger or resentment at being lied to. I’ll be shocked if they don’t do this with their kids one day. They still have some of those shells hanging around the house.

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u/WorryMindless3543 Oct 02 '22

I love the magic of childhood. I kind of feel bad for kids these days (not saying the ones in the video, just in general), because they seem to be forced into “growing up” way too soon. I’m 32 and still haven’t grown up, I love being silly and having fun, life is way too short to spend it being serious.

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u/WmBBPR Oct 02 '22

If that hoodie read EOD and he is an EOD Specialist He knows the fragility of life and the value of special moments

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u/boxturtleboy Oct 02 '22

This seems like a red flag to me…

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u/kaisersneugroove Oct 02 '22

Totally going to do this for my son whenever I can afford to take off work, am caught up on bills, and can manage to get to a beach

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u/Jegator2 Oct 02 '22

Those Ifs may take awhile. Sure hope you get to that beach!

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u/toomanylegz Oct 02 '22

Sooner or later they will know. When my daughter found out there was no Santa she was mad at me for lying to her and blamed me for her disappointment. She was right. I lied to make her happy but the truth made her sad.

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u/BoardGameBologna Oct 02 '22

But...but the magic is in actually finding something real.

This is some consumerist garbage.

You're on the beach kinda like...littering, lmao

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u/LukeSkyDropper Oct 02 '22

Great way to teach your children how to lie and that you’ve been lied to a lot

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u/unnameableway Oct 02 '22

Imagine finding out later that your formative childhood memory was based on a lie.

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u/ttb1347 Oct 02 '22

Kids are so persuasive haha, for example, teaching your kids that God exists

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u/OrneryConelover70 Oct 02 '22

Pop-pop level = expert

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u/Otherwise-Emu-7363 Oct 02 '22

That’s what I needed this morning.

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u/AshleyInSoCal Oct 02 '22

That is SO SWEET! 🥰

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u/1800smellya Oct 02 '22

This is some Nathan Fielder level strategy right here

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u/chopthis Oct 02 '22

That is a terrible childhood. Take them to a beach with real shells.

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u/Fistful_of_Crashes Oct 02 '22

Seems he’s an EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) vet by the looks of the sweater.

He’s simply preparing the next generation for when the dolphins are inevitably taught by Al-Qaeda.

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u/OlivierStreet Oct 02 '22

I thought there was a dog surfing in the background

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u/outtakes Oct 02 '22

Everyone needs someone like this in their lives

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u/heidguy8 Oct 02 '22

U son of a bitch I'm in!

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u/OPshoes Oct 02 '22

ahh that's lovely

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u/knick2 Oct 02 '22

Dads do little things like this every day that go years unnoticed and under appreciated.

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u/mattbash Oct 02 '22

Gramps must have worked for the DEA

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u/Gavesh_Tuhindyuti Oct 02 '22

Music artist, please?

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u/Dragnskull Oct 02 '22

My dad lived on the edge of a lake and one day when visiting I went with him to check out a fishing spot he was taking his nephew to (my dad's wife's sister's kid, I don't claim them as family)

They had some poles out and my dad found some excuse to get the kid to walk off and do something, once he was focused on whatever the task was my Dad pulled up his line and grabbed a large fish he had on a stringer and hooked it on to his line, then sent it back out.

When the kid came back Dad told him to check the line and when the kid discovered he had a fish he lit up like a light bulb. I thought this was an incredible moment and later when it was just me and him I asked if he ever did that for me his response was "you'll never know"

Later Id think about it and realize the answer was actually no, because I had almost never caught fish growing up with him and was also taught to never let my ride leave my eyesight.

Me and my dad were never really close and I didn't live with him so we didn't have many bonding moments, and later we would get into such a bad conflict he would verbally disown me because I wouldn't ignore some terrible things he was doing. Then he sealed the deal by ghosting my mom on what we thought was her deathbed, he's now kill on sight as far as I'm concerned.

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u/shaggyscoob Oct 02 '22

Cute video. But that music! Ugh! Like a mosquito inside your tent.

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u/Miss_Starry Oct 02 '22

Awww my grandpa did this with what he called ‘the money tree’ in the park. We’d have to ‘find’ the tree. He’d always be like. … it’s over here kids this is it! And their be quarters under the tree! Makes me smile thinking about it!

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u/maroonedchaperone Oct 02 '22

What is the name of this song

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u/Doozwa Oct 02 '22

Every summer my mom would take us four kids down to the NJ shore for a day at the beach and then the boardwalk. I have such fond memories of waking up in the car in our driveway late at night, all sandy with all our little treasures from beach & arcade. Such great days and such great parents I had. ❤️😊🥰

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u/Gh3tt0fabs Oct 02 '22

I miss my dad so much 🥹

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u/lendaub Oct 02 '22

Wasn't the dad an explosive ordnance disposal guy.

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u/CombinationCapital39 Oct 02 '22

Beautiful... 😍