Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Wave at the Bus

“To an adolescent, there is nothing in the world more embarrassing than a parent.”

- Dave Barry

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Meet Dale Price, the Father from Hell. Dale lives in American Fork, about 50k from Salt Lake City. Dale is married to Rochelle and they have a son named Rain. Dale is a stay at home dad who has a prosthetic leg as a a result of a motorcycle accident.

Back in 2011 16 year old Rain began his sophomore year at high school, that is, Year 10. Mum and Dad thought it would be a bit of fun to wave at their son from the front porch as he was collected by his school bus. Rain was not amused and said to his mother “Mom, don't let Dad go out there again.” Dad overheard his son’s complaint but rather than heeding it, he did the opposite. For the next 179 days he waved goodbye to his son every morning. dressed in a different costume: Elvis Presley, Batgirl, the Little Mermaid, Princess Leia, Little Red Riding Hood . . . 

Rain was initially humiliated but eventually he and his friends began to look forward to what the next costume would be.

Dale has spent only $50 on the costumes, most having been improvised, collected from neighbours and utilised from previous dressups and from their costume box.

Once the 180 days and the school term was at an end, so was the dress up and the wave goodbye.

According to Dale, he was going to have a sleep in.

Dale has created his own site – Wave at the Bus – which records all the costumes and subsequent events:

Btw, Rain is now an 18 year old missionary serving in Liberia, West Africa.

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Some pics:

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