Dad’s Texts About His Kid Throwing Up Are Parenting Comedy Gold

Dad’s Texts About His Kid Throwing Up Are Parenting Comedy Gold

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Taylor Pittman, Huffington Post

All it took was a little vomit to turn this dad’s day upside down.

Warning: The story and photo below might make readers a bit squeamish.

In a Facebook post from May 13, Ben Patterson wrote that he and his wife switched cars after work and on the way home “projectile vomit occurred” with one of his kids. According to screenshots of the texts he sent to his wife during the incident, what happened next is pure parenting comedy gold.

“I just pulled over and am trying not to throw up on myself,” he texted his wife, adding later, “It smells SO BAD.”

Patterson wrote in the texts that he did end up vomiting — in someone’s yard.

“I’m puking on some lady’s lawn in Burlingame and she comes out to ask me if I’m drunk while driving the kids,” he texted. “I’m trying to explain that I’m a sympathetic vomiter and can’t handle the smell. This is SO BAD.”

In what might be the most unlikely plot twist of all, Patterson texted his wife explaining that the cops then turned up and that he was asked to do a breathalyzer test. During the vomiting fiasco, Patterson continued to text his wife despite not hearing back from her. At one point he asked about what their son ate that day because it smelled like “rotting whale blubber.”

In the end, the dad did get some good news though.

“At least I passed the breathalyzer,” he texted.

Gotta love his optimism.

Read the rest of Patterson’s texts in full below.