We pass bits down from generation to generation. Sometimes it’s intentional, other times it’s quite accidental. In either case, it’s unavoidable – especially in the case of parenthood. Meet, Balthazar. He’s my eldest son and new to the real social interactions of the web. It’s a scary place out here, but I’m cautiously optimistic that I can ease him into it. If we give them the right tools now, perhaps they’ll be better prepared for the challenges and opportunities that pioneering our future can offer.
Seventeen years ago, today, two kids started off on what would become the greatest adventure of their lives.
Having proposed to my (then) girlfriend, and her reply being in the affirmative, she then asked me, “why do you want to marry me?” Among other (certainly better) answers, I told her that I enjoyed her companionship and saw no reason to hope for something better elsewhere! It was another moment in which Fox would hear me channel my pragmatic Viking ancestry. Not a people of beautiful poetry, but of other more sturdy stuff. Thankfully, Fox knows more of what I mean than I can say, so I got the girl!
Vows made in the heart even before they were ever said aloud remain a guiding principle in our lives together. Beyond all odds, our promise to one another at such a young age holds us together and has filled our house with three wonderful children. I do not take this fact for granted, and I think that is one key reason why I can write this today.
Mrs. Gradin, you’re still as lovely as ever ~
We had a night out on the town alone, the wife and I, and we saw “Red Dawn.” It was a toss-up between this and “Life of Pi,” but the game of ‘paper, rock, scissors’ never fails in making these hard decisions. What I can tell you about this film is that it stands apart from the original, of which I am quite fond of. That was a classic piece of my youth, and I’m happy to say that this had no part in destroying it for me. The movie changes in some pretty major ways – thematically even. It was also modernized and made relevant in today’s political environment. “Life of Pi” would have been a better pick, but I’m glad we got to see this together as it was. Besides, “Life of Pi” is actually something the kids should see.