Tag Archives: childhood

Sick Day

Everyone seems to have the same cold right now, at least in New York. I got it after a few people in my office had it last week, then passed it on to my family this weekend. Today I had to stay home with my kiddo, since he wasn’t feeling well. And as you can see in my new Dustinland comic, this is how it turned out.

I guess it was all for the better. He did sound horrible in the morning. But man, by lunch time, dude was basically doing backflips. Man, last week I was sick and it was way less fun. Kids always win.

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Be Cool

Man, as the world collapses around me, it sure is nice being a parent. Yes, I do worry about his future (and mine), but it is a pleasure being around someone who has no idea about all the awful stuff going on around us.

That’s not at all what this new Dustinland comic is about. It’s just about my kid’s idea of cool. It’s funny. I think.

Good times.

No Swat

I’ve been really busy lately, so I drew this week’s Dustinland comic while I was on the train. A little sloppy but hey, I hope you can read it. True story too. Kids!

Really though, I hope my kid does not grow up to be a SWAT team guy. I mean, I’d be proud of him for following his dreams, but I’d sleep sounder knowing he wasn’t invading people’s homes with grenades and machine guns.

Kevin

As I say in this week’s Dustinland comic, my son really did ask me about “Kevin,” confusing it with heaven. I didn’t explain things to him in real life like I did in this comic though. Not yet. I’d rather have him naive and happy for now. Because once you know, you can never unknown, so why not let the innocence go on a little longer.

Not that it’s bad to know about these things. But hey, if it’s confusing/depressing to me, I don’t know how helpful it will be to him, or any little kid for that matter. But I do know that when you try to explain things to kids, sometimes it makes you realize how silly or weird a lot of these ideas and rituals actually are.

Kids Say The…

This new Dustinland comic is basically a transcribed moment between my son and I from about 6 months ago. I never got around to drawing the strip. But yeah. Technically, he’s right. We are all meat.

These days he doesn’t play with Little People anymore. Pretty much Lego 24/7. And he has my old Micro Machines and MUSCLE men, which are big hits. But no bringing the MUSCLE guys out of the house! Those are classic ’80s toys. High five.

Rated PG

After I told someone about this week’s Dustinland comic, they informed me that perhaps E.T. came out before the creation of the PG-13 rating. Which would make sense. When they only had G, PG and R, movies like E.T. fell into a weird place. How would you rate a movie with just a few slightly scary moments and a handful of curse words? PG or R? I’d go PG. With the addition of PG-13, I guess it would be a closer call. Even then I’m not sure what I’d rate it. All I know is that man, I did not expect anyone to say “penis breath” in such a family classic. Oh well, I guess kiddo will hear a lot worse in life. Maybe even from the old man…  “oh fuuuuuuudge.”

PJ Day

Explaining the concept of death to little kids is interesting. As I allude in this week’s Dustinland comic, kids don’t really seem to grasp it. Or at least they don’t get it when they haven’t been exposed to it. My son seems to have a trivial view on the matter. He gets what it means, but he clearly doesn’t understand that death is a pretty big deal. But I think that’s a good thing. I’m in no rush to have my little guy well aware of life’s many harsh realities. He’s still young and naive and the world is a fun and exciting place. He has plenty of time to get bummed out over death and taxes and all sorts of inevitable miseries. For now, it’s play time.