Tell Me Something Good 5/24/20

Tell Me Something Good logo. Image by Lenny Ghoul and Word Clouds.

The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to get caught up in the spin cycle and let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week, we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.

This week’s Something Good is an ordinary dad whose time well spent during the quarantine made him a bit extraordinary. I have to give a shout out to my daughter Emily, who found this story days ago and told me it needed to be my topic for this week’s TMSG. She was ahead of the curve, as she very often is, because the story became the good news story of the week.

Rob Kenney, Chicago father of a grown daughter and son, has found himself in the spotlight of fame over the past few days. (We really need a new phrase for “gone viral” because that is what I am trying to say without saying that phrase but there just isn’t any other good way to say it.) Last month, Rob launched a YouTube channel, with the help of his daughter, called “Dad, How Do I?

In an expanding series of videos, Rob teaches his viewers how to do an assortment of “adulting” tasks: fix a running toilet, check the oil in your car, unclog a sink, hang a shelf, iron a dress shirt, shave, tie a tie, and be good to yourself. It is a wholesome, encouraging channel – with the occasional “dad joke” thrown in – that quickly caught on. Rob says people are just in need of positivity right now. His friendly manner and ability to explain things well keep people coming back for more of that positivity.

Rob’s background is important as to why he is committed to making these how-to videos. Rob was one of eight children and his father left the family with Rob was 12 years old. After his family was fractured, he had to learn most everything in life on his own – he didn’t have a dad to teach him.

When he became a father himself, Rob’s goal was simply to have a happy family and raise good adults, according to Country Living. He talks to his son and daughter all the time, he says, and they often have questions on how to do household tasks. The YouTube channel is Rob’s way of helping others who may not have a dad to help them learn the basics of being an adult.

Rob’s channel was doing well enough, but last week a Facebook post helped him go viral. He had accrued about 40,000 subscribers, which was respectable, but overnight grew to 400,000. He now has nearly 2 million subscribers.

The day after, he posted a heartwarming and self effacing video to say thanks.

Rob Kenney has found a way to reach a huge audience with his message of encouragement, clarity, and calm and is is helping people of all ages feel more confident and able to help themselves when the world feels out of control. That is definitely something good.

Now it’s your turn… Tell me Something Good!

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