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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Get a Kid

I don't necessarily mean have a kid.

I mean, spend some quality time with one, yours or someone else's.

There are lots of reasons to have your own (I mean, there must be; people keep doing it!)

But of course it's a high-risk proposition, a serious commitment. But once you have someone you can play with, there's a chance for joy, triumph, and growing up (on both sides of the relationship).

If you've already done it, spend as much time with your kid (whether four or forty) as possible. And if the relationship is rocky, fix it. (Glib, I know; but seriously. Fix it.)

If you don't have a kid, here's a great idea: borrow one. Take a niece or nephew, a little cousin, the child of a close friend or neighbor, a godchild, and go to the park. Or an aquarium. Or even just for shopping, lunch, or a walk through the neighborhood.

Choose your child carefully (a luxury parents don't have); get one with a pleasant temperament, keen observation skills, a good vocabulary, a sense of humor.

Oh, and don't forget to give the kid back.

Spend some time with a child, seeing the world through her or his eyes.

You’ll be happier.

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