In our world of Buzzfeed and Twitter, the attention of the world tends to be directed toward brief, intensive periods of concentration on one person or thing, before moving on to the next object of brief, intensive concentration. The next thing to go "viral", so to speak (which, when you think about it, is a kind of bizarre and vaguely ominous phrase...coming, as it does, from virus.) We've all seen stuff go viral: Antoine Dodson telling us to hide our kids, Chris Crocker asking us to leave Britany alone, and everybody and their mamas doing the "Harlem Shake" (not the real Harlem Shake, but I digress.) Sometimes things that go viral are problematic or just downright annoying and all you can do is just sigh and wait for the fifteen-second attention span of the interwebs to move on to something else. Sometimes, though, something genuinely nice or funny goes viral, something you actually appreciate having seen. One example of that sort of thing is the Reasons My Son is Crying tumblr.
The basic premise of the Tumblr is that Greg Pembroke, a dad from Rochester, New York, records all of the myriad reasons his 21 month old son Charlie is crying, paired with pictures of said crying, often to hilarious effect. A few examples:
And, of course...
It may seem weird that pictures of a kid crying is something to laugh about. However, as a past nanny, I can tell you from experience that if you've ever cared for a kid this age, these pictures are as hilarious as they are heartwarming. The reason they're so funny is the patience exhibited by his obviously doting, caring parents, in the face of the pure indignant outrage held in the hearts of small children over things that make sense only to them.
Once the blog started making the internet rounds, it took off almost immediately, and for once, I think it's totally worth public attention. So I'm glad these guys went viral. And apparently, Charlie found new things to cry about when they hit the talk show circuit this past week.