Real Men Eat Quiche

When Karen and I were shooting our video at the Pioneer Woman's ranch last week, the question "what makes a real man?" came up. Was it Popeye-like muscles and a penchant for riding a stallion full-speed across a meadow while a cinematic soundtrack swelled in the background? No, we decided, it was not. In truth, there's no defining characteristic for real "manliness"---and what, by saying John is real because he does XYZ, are you saying Jack isn't real because he doesn't? What is Jack, chopped liver?---but rather it's a question of how a person acts, of how authentically he lives his life in relation to others.

That didn't stop me making a few little bumper sticker-type rules up in my head, however. Join me, won't you?

Real men watch America's Next Top Model.

Real men don't pop their collars.

Real men eat arugula.

Real men say please and thank you.

Real men floss.

Real men tape before they paint.

Also, just because it's hilarious, here's a picture we found on our disc of a thousand wedding photos, a picture that made every single member of my family howl with laughter.

Real men make this face right before they walk their firstborn daughters down the aisle. Even though they know full well that it's probably going to end up on the Internet.

I love your dad. I think I've said this before in a comment on the "retirement" post, but I'll say it again: I LOVE your dad!

(Even though here, it's hard to tell whether he's holding back tears, or has just smelled something bad. And you, Holly, you're wearing that "It wasn't me!" face...)

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Brother Tom
Jun 14, 2010

How have I never seen this photo???! That is hilarious! I saw a great T-Shirt the other day, "Real men don't LOL".

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Brother Tom
Jun 14, 2010

How have I never seen this photo???! That is hilarious! I saw a great T-Shirt the other day, "Real men don't LOL".

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Jeni
Jun 14, 2010

Now THAT is a real man :). I am not sure your father would appreciate being described so, but that face is precious.

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Erika
Jun 14, 2010

So, is he really sad or just being silly? Sorry, I can't tell.

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agirlandaboy
Jun 14, 2010

Funny. This weekend saw me eating arugula AND flossing AND taping before I painted. I must be a real man! Hooray!

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Alecia
Jun 14, 2010

Your dad is fetching and we have all said it before but you look so beautiful on your wedding day.

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elz
Jun 14, 2010

Love your dad's face.

Real men see the beauty in you, even if you don't.
Real men will watch an occassional chick flick and not make any comments.
Real men know why you watch cerrtain movies with them (The Hangover-Bradley Cooper)
Real men cook dinner.
Real men pour the wine.
Real men are funny.
Real men are messy and sometimes stinky.
Real men love.

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Mary
Jun 14, 2010

Real men pee sitting down.

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Vicki
Jun 15, 2010

One of our family mottoes is 'Real men wear pink'

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Laura
Jun 15, 2010

Just wanted to say that I won one of the Macy's $100 giftcards from BlogHer through your blog and it came in the mail yesterday! :)
I see happy shopping in my future!

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adidasshoes
Jun 26, 2010

The Adidas superstar Canvas Black is actually history in reverse considering that the original adidas shoes made the Converse Canvas obsolete by introducing the cheap Adidas shoes leather.

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