Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! Me? I ate way too many cookies, sipped hot chocolate in a ski lodge, spent some quality time with my family (near and far), and now I’m back in Brooklyn, feeling utterly grateful for my life.
2011 is off to a great start, too! This morning, I appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition, which was a blast. I got to talk about all the amazing grandfathers I interviewed for the book, and then Liane Hansen even bestowed upon me the great honor of reading off the prizes for Will Shortz’s Sunday Puzzle. Click here to listen to my segment (or to just read the transcript).
After my interview aired (and also, I have to admit, as I was clicking refresh on my book’s Amazon sales ranking), something really important happened. I got an email through Facebook from a woman named Kerstin Stock, who lives in Denver, Colorado. She wrote:
“I just heard your interview on NPR and find myself in tears. My father had me and my brother a little later in life (for his generation.) I am 35 and find myself maintaining my 82 year old father. Your interview reminded me of the wonderful lessons that he has given me instead of the many frustrations that currently dominate our reality. Thank you for this Sunday morning blast of emotional awareness, I am really looking forward to your book. Happy New Year.”
Walter and Kerstin Stock
So thanks, Kerstin and Walter, for reminding me of what’s really important. After the excitement of being on the radio dies down, your story is the one I will take away from this day. Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!