‘There’s no one way to be a man’: Man brings ‘colorful’ cat lunchbox to work to stand up for bullied cousin

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“My cousin Emily has a 10-year-old son named Ryker. Ryker, who loves cats, was very excited to get his new lunchbox.

Unfortunately because of its colors, or because it has cats, or both, he was teased about it by other boys in his class. He even wanted to stop taking his lunch so he wouldn’t be teased about it any longer.

I have decided, however, to stand with my little cousin and show him that a man can love whatever he wants and not be afraid to express that love.

So I have ordered the same lunchbox for myself and proudly carried it to work today at my large, conservative, corporate workplace. I’ve told anyone who asked the story behind my lunchbox and every single person now stands with Ryker too.

There’s no one way to be a man. Men can be colorful. Men can be expressive. Men can be emotional and silly and gleeful.

I love my new lunchbox and I hope Ryker and all the other boys out there can see that their passion and self-expression is never something to be ashamed of.”

Man who brought colorful cat lunchbox to work to stand up for cousin who is bullied
David Pendragon

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