• Dadwagon on Facebook
  • Dadwagon on Twitter
  • Dadwagon RSS feed

I Am Not Yet a Wuss, But I Will Be Soon

August 26th, 2010  |  by  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  3 Comments

Yesterday, the Internet was all a-flutter over the news that 25 percent of grown-ass men travel with stuffed animals. Maybe “all a-flutter” is overstating it, but one or two “news” “outlets” covered the Travelodge survey:

Travelodge said that 25 percent of men reported they take their teddy bear away with them when going away on business. The stuffed animal supposedly reminds them of home and — some say — helps fill a cuddle-void left by distant partners.

At first, I had the same reaction Gawker did: “How sad must the traveling merchant class be?” But then I realized that, once Sasha is old enough to understand that Daddy has to take long trips away from home for work, she’ll probably ask me to bring along Gou-Gou, her dog, or one of the owls, or some little creature so a part of her will be with me. And I’ll do it, and probably become attached to the thing myself, and take pictures of it in the skanky hotels I’m forced to stay in, and will silently cry myself to sleep at night, clutching at the filthy fake-haired animal.

But—please, God, please!—don’t let the creature be Elmo.


  1. Rae says:

    August 26th, 2010at 10:04 am(#)

    My dad tolerated us giving him a tiny little bear he named “BB” that traveled with him on various trips. I never got photos of him (course, this was the 80s), but we managed to sneak the bear in to his suitcase every time.

    I now travel sans-husband and will routinely bring a bear with me. At first, it was a stuffed frog that made an excellent pillow on the plane. Now, it’s one I made from a gift card he gave me for Build-a-Bear. When I get quirky looks from my coworkers I calmly inform them it’s my husband substitute.

  2. WeaselMomma says:

    August 26th, 2010at 10:08 am(#)

    I too believe that most of these ‘teddy bear men’ are traveling with a companion courtesy of their offspring and just being sweet dads by playing along and taking pics.

  3. Ken says:

    August 26th, 2010at 10:16 am(#)

    The data sample which yielded the 1-in-4 result consisted of “6,000 Britons” ….
    I wonder if the same results would hold for American travelers. I suspect that if you remove the previously sited “companion courtesy of their offspring” category, the number would be much lower than 1-in-4.

Leave a Response


Recent Comments

  • Dee: As one of the impressed moms there last night, and also because my kid ate 3 bowls of that bolognese, thanks for...
  • Drew Wallner via Facebook: I’m totally making this when we get back from holiday travel, I even just got a...
  • Matt: Whoops! Just put that back in. The recipe editor has been fired.
  • Ed Lilly: Looks great – thanks for posting! One question – you did not specify putting the meat back into...
  • Maks: I’m against baby yoga for sure, but want to say something regarding that author is a little wild about...

DadWagon Reads!


Do you show this to your kids?

AP Images

An unnamed gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 19, 2016. Turkish police shot and killed the gunman, Turkish station NTV reported. Russia's ambassador to Turkey has died after being shot in Ankara, according to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman. #APPhoto by Burhan Ozbilici

Story developing: http://apne.ws/2hRY0rH

Dec 19th, 2016 7:32pm • No Comments

"They watch their mothers and fathers overdose and die on the bathroom floor. They live without electricity, food or heat when their parents can’t pay the bills. They stop going to school, and learn to steal and forage to meet their basic needs."

The Children of the Opioid Crisis


Left behind by addict parents, tens of thousands of youngsters flood the nation’s foster-care system; grandparents become moms and dads again

Dec 16th, 2016 2:11pm • No Comments

Don't forget the gift receipt(s)!

A Gift for Every Type of Dad (That You Can Buy on Amazon)


Including cricket-flour protein bars, ice-cold beer chillers, and an air fryer that uses hardly any oil.

Dec 9th, 2016 3:27pm • No Comments

As Ryu Spaeth pointed out, the only thing worse than "Papa" is the pronunciation "paPA." PERISH THE THOUGHT.


“I just think ‘dad’ and ‘mom’ are very Saved by the Bell-ish,” said Will Grose, 36, a Brooklyn father of three boys under the age of 5.

Nov 30th, 2016 5:20pm • 1 Comment