One day you’re their biggest idol, next day, someone else comes along and becomes their whole world.[about kids]
My dad was a superhero. Man literally saved my life the day I was born. And he always took action. He never sat still. He was a superhero and then he died and we’ve all been scrambling ever since, scrambling to keep him alive however we can, scrambling for new ways to feel close to him. I pride myself on having a piece of my dad in me, always have. But my dad wouldn’t have sat still. And my dad wouldn’t have just made phone calls. If this councilman won’t do his job, then maybe I can. I think I’m gonna run against him, Beth.
Life feels like Pac-Man sometimes, I guess. It’s the same game over and over again. Same board. Same ghosts. Sometimes, you get a bunch of cherries but eventually and inevitably, those ghosts catch up with you.
I was left at a fire station by my birth father, and then I was found by a fireman who took me to a hospital, where a doctor showed me to my father, who showed me to my mother. My story is unique, and I feel like it’s like that for everyone. Strangers can be your most impactful people. Acquaintances can be your most impactful people. Family can be your most impactful people. And that’s why I can’t pick the person who’s had the greatest impact on my life, and why I think your question is flawed. But if you insist on me answering, if it’s the only way I can gain entrance into your storied university, I choose the fireman.
All you can do as a parent is try to pack the days with as much good stuff as possible and hope that it outweighs the bad. You hope that the good stuff sticks.