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Saturday, June 4, 2011

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No matter how cool a teenager's mom and dad might be, few teens get through high school without feeling their parents embarrassed them.

And one teen has his dad to thank for embarrassing him the entire school year — well, 170 days of it.

When the high school's bus routes changed this year, 16-year-old Rain Price soon found out he'd be going right past his house every single morning. Much to his chagrin, he also found out his dad would be standing outside, waving.

Dale Price waves to his son's school bus for the last time Thursday morning, June 2, 2011. Price dressed up in a different costume to wave goodbye each day to his son this school year.

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Dale Price waves to his son's school bus for the last time Thursday morning, June 2, 2011. Price dressed up in a different costume to wave goodbye each day to his son this school year.

"When he did it the first day, I was in shock," Rain said. "It's my first day of my sophomore year."

The embarrassment was a thrill for his father.

The second day of school, there he was again, only this time Price was wearing a San Diego Chargers helmet and jersey. Day three, it was an Anakin Skywalker helmet, and the next day, swim trunks and a snorkel mask.

Other kids started to take note.

"Most of them like it, and we roll down our windows and wave. It's fun," Rain said.

His dad admits it took a lot of effort to keep it up, but said it was "a way of letting him know that we really care about him, but do something a little different." He described it as "a father's way" of saying I love you.

It ended up being a daily tradition for him, with a new costume each and every day.

"No recycling costumes, that's the rule," Price said. "I managed to adhere to that, and for better or for worse … we have some interesting costumes."

Interesting, "or embarrassing," according to Rain. He doesn't plan on thanking his dad at all.

"I'm not going to reward him for this; his reward is seeing my embarrassment," Rain said.

1 comment:

  1. Ha! That's hilarious, it seems like it would be embarrassing at first, but after time it'd be funny.

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