A teen named Gabriel who just graduated is celebrating going viral after his hero, T-Pain, tweeted back at him in a fantastic display of online comradery. Gabriel has two Twitter accounts, @dryrain and @gxbrielsilvxn, but both of them are littered with references to his hero.
In fact, one of his bios says, "T-Pain is my dad," so this is the level of fandom we're talking. When you love someone that much, you want to get them involved in the big moments in your life. In Gabriel's case, T-Pain actually wanted to connect:
The story is quite a roller coaster. Gabriel asked T-Pain for a yearbook quote:
And the man provided, writing, "People don't think it be like it be, but it do." Wise words, which Gabriel took to heart:
This is an awesome story, but some Internet sleuths discovered that this quote is actually attributed to baseball player Oscar Gamble, which he reportedly said in reference to racism in the sport. Much heavier than Gabriel likely intended:
This has unexpectedly turned into a learning moment for Gabriel and all of us. The greatest yearbook quotes make you think.
Growing up as a Muslim-Albanian family with very patriarchal ideas on the way a family is supposed to operate, my idea of what a father should be was a very "man's man" one.
He brings home the bacon, laughs maybe five times a year, and was really into Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorcese movies. Oh, and a Marlboro Red had to be perpetually hanging out the side of his mouth.
Fast forward years later and here I am, dadding it up, and I'm not that, like, at all. The manliest thing I probably do is hit the gym, bro, and not shave my chest hair. Other than that though, I'm nothing like the former generation of "guy's guys" that raised me. Which I'm totally cool with, because I'm already learning special hair braids to try out on my daughter once she gets older. Because her old man might be a North Jersey meathead, but he's going to be a meathead who doesn't mind having tea parties and getting his nails painted with his little girl.