The Best Part of My Day

The best part of any day for me is the opportunity to spend time in 1-on-1 conversation with one of my three boys or my daughter. Although, given that the latter is only 18 mo. old those conversations typically involve a lot of babbling and rasberries. (Some would say that is the content of most of my conversations). Anyway, I had the chance tonight to chat with my 8 year old son about girls and books. We were driving back from the post office in the truck and the conversation just happened.

He asked me about the best books I read at his age. I couldn't remember all the way back to elementary school but I do recall the three books that made the greatest impact on me in junior high. They started my habit which currently consists of about 250 pages a week (beats the hell out of a pack a day). They are A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony, The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Once I read these I was hooked and I've been an avid reader ever since. As for my favorite book of all time it's Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

Just as was the case this evening with my son, I often find that the very best conversations just happen. Whether it's in the office, truck, or home there is an amazing number of opportunities to be touched by those around you and touch them. It's part of what makes my job as a manager at Sun so enjoyable. Life and conversations need to just happen more often.

As for girls, I won't bore you with the details of that conversation, other than to note that we came to the conclusion that the purpose of ponytails is not to be pulled by little 8 yr old boys. We think it has something to do with either keeping hair out of the way or looking pretty. We're not exactly sure so we're going to ask mom.



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