Teacher Stumped When Dad Covers Pants, Until She Sees What He's Hiding

Teacher Stumped When Dad Covers Pants, Until She Sees What He's Hiding

No Time to Wait

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Ben pushed the school doors open. Children of all ages pointed laughed. Teachers gawked in horror as he turtled his way down the hall. His pants clung to him. Where was she? He shuffled into the principal’s office and saw her. Her eyes were red, her heart was heavy, her bag was strategically placed on her lap. She flashed him a shy frown at her father. Then she noticed the stain between his legs.

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Early Days

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Ben Sowards was no stranger to the toil that was linked with education. As a young boy, he was forced to sit straight, pen in hand, and eyes on the board. The smell of chalk made him wheeze. He was never one to pay attention to subjects that bored him. Ben’s mind took him to another world. There, he could wander around mystical forests and create magic creatures. Then he looked down.

Boredom

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Ben’s days were long and tedious. The monotone repetition of his times tables as the chalk scratched the blackboard made his mind restless. He tried to pay attention by taking notes from the board. Three and three is six. Three and four is seven. Three and five is eight. But before he could even realize, his pen would wander from the lines.

Classroom

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Ben’s teacher would spring questions on unsuspecting victims. She never asked those with their hands raised high. And ben certainly never had his hand raised. It wasn’t that he didn’t know the answers. It was that he had no interest in his primary subjects. “Ben?” The other kids chuckled, knowing full well he wasn’t listening. Then she marched down the classroom and around tables. He noticed a shadow spread across his paper.

Distracted

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She knew what to expect before she even reached his side. It wasn’t the first time Ben had checked out of the lesson and it wasn’t going to be the last. “Ben,” she called again, waiting for a response. She reached for his notepad and pulled it from beneath his elbows. He jumped, knowing full well he had been caught in the act again. Then she saw what was on the page.

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Drawing

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Ben had created a visual masterpiece that was far beyond his years. His parents had mentioned his love of art. As a young child, Ben refused to attend preschool. “I was always pestering my parents to look at this picture and that picture. They put me in preschool, but I couldn’t deal with the macaroni and beans and yarn and glue and things. I made a deal with them that I could stay at home and draw as long as I let my mom take a little nap.” But no one expected his passion to grow as much as it did.

Dreams

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Against his preschool teacher’s expectations, Ben went on to graduate high school. He made his parents proud, who always feared he would throw in the towel, so he could draw full-time. But Ben wasn’t going to ignore his passion forever. He went on to study at the Laguna College of Art and Design and Brigham Young University in Utah. He became an artist and illustrator whose works are recognized around the world. But Ben had another calling.

Children

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Ben and his wife Connie juggled seven children. When Ben shared his goal of one day becoming a teacher. She had her own worries. Ben had always been open about his dream to have a big family. Connie thought that meant three or four. As the executive director of The Family Support Centre in Cedar City, she couldn’t imagine them both juggling full-time jobs and raising a family. But each year brought new surprises.

Teacher

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Ben and Connie’s family kept expanding. As time went on, Ben pursuing a career in teaching became more of a necessity than anything else. He joined the Southern Utah University and became the director of the Illustration Program in 2001. There, he taught passionate students to paint traditionally and digitally. Ben thought teaching would be a big struggle. He knew how difficult it was to engage students. But there was one other job Ben had underestimated.

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Accidents

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Connie was frantic when she called she called Ben. She explained how the principal had called her about their 6-year-old daughter, Valerie, who had a bathroom accident and needed to be picked up right away. Their eldest, Lucinda, ran upstairs to get her phone. As she came back down the stairs, she noticed her father by the sink. Then, he spilled a cup of watcher all over himself. She was shocked.

Thoughtful

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“Honestly, I knew she was mortified, but I thought if I could make her laugh, everything would be fine,” Ben shared his game plan. When he finally got to the principal’s office, he whispered to Valerie. “Can I borrow your bag, so I can hide something?” Valeria’s forehead scrunched before n she looked to her principal, then back to her father. Then she noticed her father’s damp trousers. She roared with laughter.

Instinct

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“She was totally exasperated. 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,” Ben explained his ability to read his baby girl. He wrapped her hoodie around her waist and took her hand. “And we just strolled out of the school like nothing was happening.” Lucinda was waiting for them when they got in the door to snap a picture of the duo for her mother. But they didn’t expect their story to get so much attention.

Twitter

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Ben thought Lucinda was just sharing the pictures with his wife, but the 17-year-old couldn’t resist posting the incident on her social media. Friends were in contact with Lucinda during the day after seeing her dad’s selfless act. But her phone continued to vibrate throughout the night. The twitter-sphere began to talk. Then she woke up to the unimaginable.

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Viral

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Lucinda woke up to a screen of notifications. Valerie and Ben’s story had gone viral overnight. Her post received over 250,000 likes and 60,000 retweets! Ben couldn’t believe it. His actions were to make his daughter laugh and to spare her some embarrassment. He thought every father would do the same for any of their children. But Ben was a special kind of father and nothing could turn him off his dreams of a large family.

Dad of the Year

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Ben has always wanted to be a dad. But Connie had already been through seven pregnancies. Since their viral story, Ben and Connie have gone on to adopt four more young children. They now raise, support, and love a total of eleven kids! Ben was born with a natural talent for art, but his biggest passion by far has been fatherhood. He and Connie had so much love to give, they made sure to give it to those who needed it. Did someone say "dad of the year?"

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