Dad Fails

Why Are Monsters Mean?

I think monsters are actually nice people who are just really sleepy.

Do you remember what it was like to sleep well? To sleep in…late? It feels like a distant dream, but there once was a time when I was more or less rested.

There once was a time when I was pleasant, peaceful, maybe even a bit amicable.


I have unquestionably the most lovable, adorable daughter in the entire world.  It’s not from my genes — she gets it from her mom for sure. But I’d wager that no sane person could be around her and not be absolutely smitten.

That’s why I believe monsters are just nice, sleepy people. Because this morning, like so many in the past two and a half years of dadding, I’m exhausted and that exhaustion led to cranky monster dad turning what could’ve been a sweet moment into a jerk storm.

The Apostle Paul once wrote a letter to the church in Ephesus where he gave an interesting piece of instruction:

“Be angry, and do not sin.”

Ephesians 4:26

If I may reverently borrow his rubric to jot down my own little admonition, today I hope to be sleepy, and still not mean.

…and maybe aim to sleep more going forward to avoid the problem in the first place.

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