Tim Russert: Wisdom at Starbucks

I noticed the following statement by Tim Russert on my colleague's Starbucks cup this morning:

"You can shower a child with presents or money, but what do they really mean, compared to the most valuable gift of all - your time? Vacations and special events are nice, but so often the best moments are spontaneous ones. Being there. Every moment you spend with your child could be the one that really matters."

-- Tim Russert, former host of NBC's Meet the Press and author of Wisdom of our Fathers.

The great irony of this thoughtful perspective is that Tim Russert didn't realize when he penned such sage advice that his time would run out early. His untimely death at the age of 58 should remind us all that time with our children is precious - really precious - and that life is ever so fragile.

I find this particularly poignant as I pen this post from a hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, over 1,800 miles from home. I did talk to my 14-year old daughter on the phone today and exchanged some text messages with her. But it's not quite like being there.

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