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October 30, 2007 |
I have been a fan of the show since my folks started listening back in 1986. (I was 2 years old then.) I love the show and listen to it every weekend. About 2 months ago my life changed forever and I was blessed with a beautiful healthy baby boy. His name is Vincent and he is already quite the character. I know you too are a parent and have way more experience at this than I, this is my first child. I was wondering what your best advice for a new parent would be. Thank you for many years of wonderful stories.
You've begun a story yourself, Lexy, and this one takes place in real time and it keeps going on, faster and faster. In no time, people will be saying, "I can't believe he's a year old!" And suddenly middle school. And college. And then you young as you are will become a well, never mind. It goes by fast. There are bookstores full of books that are full of advice for parents. I think my wife bought twenty or thirty of them, and we could ship you a whole boxful if you like. My own advice to the parents is to take care of yourselves and put your life back together. Whatever you loved to do before, try to get back to it. A little boy needs to grow up in the midst of happiness so do what you can to make yourself happy. Get your exercise, eat well, enjoy your friends and family, get music into your life, and try to do some good in the world. And someday bring the boy to Minneapolis. The avenues of Minneapolis west of Lyndale are alphabetical, and part of the alphabet goes Russell, Sheridan, Thomas, Upton, Vincent, Washburn. I think that I once told a story in which there was a Vincent Washburn. And now you have, too.