I have three sons. Chaz is twenty. Alexander is four and Teddy is one. I have created a true American family. I don't have a unique perspective on parenthood, but it's at least unusual.
This I know: your babies are going to amaze you. I think Chaz was five when he shot me with his first you're-not-as-smart-as-I-thought-you-were glance. I can tell that Alexander's been thinking it — Teddy still thinks I'm God, and God I love him for it.
I recently named Chaz Editor-in-Chief of the HTPYB website. He was an obvious choice. He's been an editor at the Brown Daily Herald at Brown University for two years. Chaz can really write and think, but boy can he find typos and grammar bottlenecks, and boy do I need someone who can find them. Being Editor-in-Chief of this website does not hold the cachet of an editorship of a big American university newpaper, but, believe me, the money is through the roof!
Anyway, I love this picture of Chaz and me. Every time I look at it (which is often — it's about six inches from the refrigerator door handle), I feel the pride I felt at George and Mary's wedding. Please take a close look at my eyes. That's what my eyes do when I getting ready to pop a gasket from pride.
And I certainly hope there's some version of the following in your future: Your baby is six foot two. He exudes confidence. You know he knows how to make you look smarter than you are in front of lots of people you wish to impress.
People with babies say "one is my favorite age" and then the kid is four and they say "gee, four might be my favorite age" and you get the idea. Well, it just may not get any better than twenty.
So if you find any misspellings or verb tense tangles on the website, I don't want to hear about it.
Chaz's email address is email@example.com.
If anything sneaks through the cracks, I blame Chaz. Hey, I'm still his father.
Heartfelt thanks to Kevin Monko for one of my all-time favorite photos.
PS Eleven minutes after I sent Chaz the above copy for editing, he responded with this:
All set. What a flattering entry. Thanks.
"Cache" is a hidden store of items, or a portion of computer memory used to store items for quick retrieval. "Cachet" is prestige or the state of being admired.
That's my boy.