Neal Call, aka Raised by My Daughter, takes the philosophical musings of a hundred dad bloggers and boils them down to a single frame of a stick figure comic. He usually stays pretty focused on his own navel, writing about his experiences as a dad and doesn’t spend a lot of time critiquing society or offering calls to action. Yet, Neal can turn a mundane hike into a thoughtful reminder of the simple truths in which we should find happiness. There is no doubt why he is one of Babble’s Top 100 Parent Bloggers. He is the xkcd of the dad blogging world, daring us to look into the small moments of our lives to find the meaning of life and parenthood.
How does his daughter raise him?
Every parent can relate to this, “She wavers between a matter-of-fact confidence in the rituals of her life, and a resilient acceptance of mystery and change.” In a time when societal norms for girls are being challenged you will find Neal Call on the forefront cheering for his daughter, “MY PIRATE IS GOING TO PLUNDER YOUR PRINCESS!!!”
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ON GETTING FILTHY AND HUNTING WHALES
Herman Melville says in Moby Dick,”There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke.” Neal’s ocean is his backyard, his white whale is a monstrous root that dives! dives! down into the earth, evading his puny human efforts to unearth it! Your days are numbered, tree root.
Amberly, Ambrosia, Amelie, Americus, Anemone…where does one begin when narrowing down their child’s name? Neal starts by submitting a 40-page document tracing the etymology of each of these names as far back as history records to determine a middle name. He named his daughter Addison and found a mission for his life.
When you have writing like this it’s best to let it speak for itself. “When I imagine the object of her gaze, it’s the entirety of the universe; it’s the smallest particle and the largest galaxy. Because she’s too young to even know that there are some things we can’t comprehend. She matter-of-factly considers it all, each thought bound tentatively, magically together with the last, too new to be hardened into the rigid pathways of adulthood. She’s just broken out of the seed, a green sprout testing the air. Everything’s still growing inside her, tendrils and shoots reaching wildly, experimentally towards the light.”
Read these and you will know why you should follow Raised by My Daughter. Stop by his Facebook page, “Like” it, and check out all of his comics. Whenever you need a little parental motivation, you know where to look.