Any time that a parent gets a call from their child’s school in the middle of the day, it is not usually to discuss a positive situation. The assumption, right when parents pick up the phone, is that something serious and likely negative happened involving their child that needs immediate parental action.
Connie Merrell Sowards received a call from school regarding her 6-year-old, Valerie. Thankfully, the little girl was not seriously hurt or ill.
However, she was completely embarrassed. She needed to be picked up from kindergarten because she had wet her pants.
Connie called her husband, Ben Sowards, to deliver the news and ask that he pick her up. Sowards was the right man for the job because he knew exactly how to cheer up his daughter.
He felt terrible knowing that she was sitting at school with wet pants while crying out of embarrassment. So, he decided to make her feel a little less alone.
He poured some water on his own pants. When he walked into the school office, he asked his daughter to borrow her backpack so he could hide his own wet pants.
Valerie happily let her dad borrow her backpack as she laughed. Her mood completely shifted once her dad walked in sporting a pair of wet pants, too.
Sowards told The Huffington Post, “But, once she saw my pants, I got that look from her where I knew everything was OK. All dads know what look I’m talking about. And we just strolled out of the school like nothing was happening.”
Sowards has had plenty of experience in comforting his children as a father of eleven. The family recently adopted four of their foster children.
His oldest daughter, Lucinda, lovingly bragged about her dad on Twitter, which received more attention than the family ever expected. She shared adorable photos of her dad and sister and wrote, “My little sis had an accident today at kindergarten & this is how my dad left to pick her up so she wouldn’t feel so sad/embarrassed.”
Whether it be making one daughter feel better about an accident by splashing water onto his own pants or fiercely advocating for foster care, Sowards is a father full of both humor and compassion. Way to go, dad!