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Time Can Be A Prick

October 22, 2008 @ 12:02

Yesterday while I was running the radio empire that is known as Corus Peterborough I came back to my office and noticed that there was a message on my phone.

I listened to it and on the other end was Humble Howard.

Howard left a message that left me heavy hearted. His sweet 14 year old daughter Charlie has one of those professional job shadowing days coming up and she has no interest in following her daddy to work to watch him do the wiener radio thing.

Instead she'd rather shadow my daughter Melanie who's a producer at MuchMoreMusic.

Howard's message was one of resignation. He knows Charlie has been around radio all her life and on many an occasion has come into work with her dad, so there's really nothing to be learned.

She knows daddy gets paid a lot of money to say stupid things on the air and make funny smells off the air. It became a big yawner about ten years ago.

But that's not the point of this posting.

What struck me about Howard's call was the passage of time. We went through a lot together, and among those things was the raising of our kids. Howard was invited to Melanie's seventh birthday, while I was at the hospital the night Charlie was born.

Where did the time go?

How can Charlie be a stunning 14 year old and how on earth can she be job shadowing my Melanie who's grown into an impressive and successful young woman?

Melanie used to baby sit Charlie for crying out loud, so it's extremely difficult to sit here and imagine that one day in the next few weeks, my daughter, who has a career, will be mentoring Charlie who ain't that bloody far away from a career.

I don't want to think about it.

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57 Responses to "Time Can Be A Prick"

October 22, 2008 / 15:50

Einstein has some thoughts about time that others would never comprehend. He once said " things should be made as simple as possible---no simpler"
Basically times flies and it's as simple as that.

October 22, 2008 / 16:06

You're forgetting that under a Conservative(Reform) government led by PM Harper that our young people have no hope of a better future.

bob b
October 22, 2008 / 16:43

Big Blue Tide:

If you have to rely on a government to have a successful career or make it in life, I feel sorry for you. So what's your point???

October 23, 2008 / 08:04

I remember hearing about when your kids were young and when Howard's were born! sigh...I feel old!

Brenda's Boyfriend from Cambridge
October 23, 2008 / 08:05

Maybe one day, if we're lucky enough, they will have the opportunity to create the second generation of humble and fred for us to listen to.

'Charlie and Mel in the mornings'...?

They could have a phone bit where they call Freddie (similar to you calling Junie) or Uncle Humble...

October 23, 2008 / 08:09

I find it odd how my children continue to grow older while I seemingly retain my youth...

Pauly Walnuts
October 23, 2008 / 15:03

My children grow, my wife stays young and I grow older twice as fast.. :(

October 23, 2008 / 18:21

Well said old man. As I mentioned to you in an e-mail talking to "little" Mel today, I didn't know whether to laugh or cry...I remember only too well her 7th birthday party in the basement on Driftwood(?) in Brampton back when you and I were young and thought that time would stretch on forever.
Well a couple of dead parents later and we both know differently.
Charlie has grown up so much recently it's staggering and so she would very much rather hang around with your neat kid then watch her Daddy intro another Daughtry song. It all made me think of my favorite quote about parenting, "The days are long but the years are short!"
Maybe someday we can job-shadow them and make bad smells together again!

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