I am lucky that two wonderful female children each grew up to be the two wonderful women whom I am so proud of, despite them having me for 50 percent of their parental unit. I’m self-deprecating in this way, because being a father continues to be, in my own words, the best gig in the world. Frankly, I think I got more out of the experience than either of my kids did. I’ve told them both, more than once, that the one thing I was absolutely sure of when I was young and starting out was that I wanted kids. I actually wanted a family of five children, but after two, I, with little reluctance, settled with just the two.
I spoke to Allison today, who lives in Brooklyn and is following her dream of working in the music industry, and Kathryn stopped by long enough to drop off a card and finish stuffing a backpack on her way to JFK and Europe. What better gift for a father than two amazing young women who are living their lives, pursuing their passions and traveling the world.
Some of you may know that I have co-founded a theater in Boston--Boston Public Works Theater Company. We're in the middle of fundraising, and a couple of weeks ago Allison wrote a blog post entitled, When Your Dad's A Playwright And He Starts A Theater Company. She's got my back--both of them do, I know; Kathryn, as a Father's Day gift, donated to the campaign today--and I think Allison's post is worth a read. She knows the value of a dollar, the importance of passion in your life, how hard work is the road to success, and not to be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Hmm...I wonder where she learned all that?