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Development Dads

Updated on September 28, 2015

Taylor - my one and only

"Ok, dad, this is the last picture for today. I want to go to bed now."
"Ok, dad, this is the last picture for today. I want to go to bed now."

The Cast

About Development Dads

In about a nine month period, ten babies and ten new fathers were born in the company. Yep, ten new fathers were born. At that time, this software shop employed less than fifty people and almost all of those directly involved in product delivery were also intensely involved in assisting in child delivery. Production cycles were influenced but each final build was the cleanest and most efficient. I guess all the guys were so excited, happy, and inspired that it spilled over into their work. The development department alone released seven new fathers that year, myself included. The service department supported one, the marketing department boasted one, and product management specified the other. Days through years the new fathers would congregate in hallways, cubicles, and break rooms to not discuss software but their kids and their mothers. Their favorite spot was in the hallway by the watercooler. I sat in the cubicle to left of the hallway and B. Single (Ross) sat on the other side. I could hear it all. Fathers reluctant to nurture soon were influenced to nurture. Strength in numbers was in play. Men who previously shied from peer interaction were now demonstrative fathers, chattering away about their babies. They had never experienced a love like this before and it showed - it oozed out of them freely, reverently, and, at times, fearfully. Of course this annoyed those single who vowed never to marry let alone have children and also those who would someday become parents but didn’t want to discuss it until the blessed day occurred. Alas, these new fathers could not be deterred from their gatherings or from their proud enthusiasm. There it was, a new breed of nurturing father who, when finding kinship (sometimes pressure) among peers, just had to relate each and every experience. When this sharing strengthened empathy and trust, the lid was off and out poured male emotions rarely witnessed in this arena, or maybe any arena. So I just hade to capture not only the fathering stories but also the sardonic responses from those who were simply sick and tired of hearing comments like, “Can she roll over yet? Is he crawling? She get her first tooth yet?”. This is where B. Single plays his part. He was the youngest member of the staff at age twenty and I was the oldest.

As I recorded over the years, the stories became more humorous as characterization became even more exaggerated. So, I decided to create cartoon episodes to best capture these Development Dads - none of who resemble my depictions. Names are 'pseudos' and even Ross is not really Ross, but he was definitely the perfect B. Single. The episodes are labeled by an attempt at a clever title and also slotted to one of the following child development stages:

  • Prenatal / Neonate: -270 to 0 / 0 to 30 days
  • Infant: 30 days to 1 year
  • Toddler: 1 to 3 years
  • Prepubescent: 4 to 12 years
  • Adolescent: 13 to 19 years

Once in a while, however, an episode is more about the parents than kids. So, not knowing what else to do I throw it into the 'Adult' bucket.



Select an Episode

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Prenatal / Neonate

Infant

Toddler

Prepubescent

Adult

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It is very important to me to get feedback; so, if you could interact with an Episode by selecting Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down, whether you think the Episode was Useful, Funny, Awesome, Beautiful, or Interesting, and, finally, type in some Comments about what you really think.

When working with an Episode, here are some tips:

  • You can access an by selecting a link provided in the Select an Episode section above or by clicking on the Randall Frey link to the right of my unfavorable photo.
  • Note that when you are viewing any Episode, you can also select a Previous or Next Episode link at the bottom of the page to display it. To my dismay, sometimes these links appear and some times they don't, so clicking on an Episode link below seems foolproof.
  • To enlarge a cartoon, you will need to change you browser's View | Zoom out setting.


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      Randall Frey 2 years ago from Earth

      Is anyone out there enjoying these? I see over 2,000 hits. What's up with that?