Sep 25, 2010

Kid or Rock Star?

Day 329

They say having a kid changes you. I used to think that was a bunch of baloney.

Kristy and I used to watch those VH1 "Behind the Music" shows where they gave the life story of a musician. I would always shake my head at these huge stars when they said that having a kid was the best thing ever to happen to them.


You are a musician! You tour the world sharing your music with millions of fans! You have all the money in the world to keep doing what you want! How could having a kid beat all that?

And than I had Logan and I can see where they are coming from. But I would like a taste of what it would be like to be a rock star just so I can really make an appropriate comparison.

But then last Thursday I had an experience where it might have been better if I didn't have a kid. I was driving home all by my lonesome and I came to a 4-way stop sign. Crossing the road right in front of me was a co-worker from WestHost that I have not seen since he quit his job. I rolled down my window and called out his name to say "hi". He turned and saw me and he waved back and I also waved.

But I think I was waving "I LOVE YOU" in sign language back to him!

And I place the blame solely on Logan. I definitely didn't mean it! I flash this sign to Logan every day and now it must be a habit. I would have never done that if I didn't have a kid. And I certainly don't want to wave to everyone the same way I wave to Logan.

And you know what else I wouldn't do? I wouldn't cradle a gallon of milk/orange juice and bounce it gently when I carry it like a baby at the grocery store.

And I have to be careful when people hug me. I don't want to hug them back like I hug Logan. Especially since I smack him on the rear most of the times right after I hug him. That could lead to some interesting situations, you know I have never been arrested.

But I wouldn't trade him (well, permanently anyway) for anything.


  1. Great post!! I love the title and the whole premise; as someone who is not a parent, I do sometimes wonder why people always say having kids changes them. But now I have a better understanding!

  2. Yeah, he's pretty cute.

  3. On a sort of related note... I told a friend of mine "I love you!" as I was hanging up the phone with her the other day. Habits are hard to break, especially when I talk to a close family member nine times out of ten! :P Maybe it made that guy's day that you gave him the I Love You sign!