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January 22, 2007 |
Dear Mr. Keillor:
I have been listening to you for as long as your show has been on the air and I felt I should tell you of your newest fan: my 7-month-old son, John William. Seven-month-olds are not always the happiest of creatures and what gives him joy, through colds and teething and plain old everyday 7-month-oldness, is PHC. As soon as he hears "Tishomingo Blues" his eyes light up, he flashes a big two-tooth grin, and he leans back against me and stares intently at the laptop while it plays. So thank you for giving my little boy (and his momma) some happy quiet time. And thank you for making so many past shows available on the archives so we're not limited to it being a once-a-week occurrence!
What makes your little boy smile, of course, is being in Momma's arms when she's settled down in a chair and in a good mood, and what puts Momma in a good mood is having the boy in her arms and happy. It's symbiotic. You could get the same effect by playing Mozart, with the extra benefit of raising the boy's I.Q. Our show makes no promises about that. Or you could tune in via the Internet to the CBC and immerse him in French. Now is the time to start him on a second language, which will give him a leg up when it's time to apply to Harvard and Princeton. PHC is nothing you'd want to put on a college application, believe me. I am only trying to alert you to your responsibilities as a mother. Making a child smile is not so hard. You need to think ahead to when he's 18.