Friday, July 11, 2008


I've never really looked to Chris Rock for the perfect description of life. This morning, however, there was a piece in the Times-Dispatch about his show this evening that caught my attention. Part of the article covered his role as a father and he made this remark about bringing his daughters on tour with him:
"They save you from your miserable self. It's true. It's the best way to sum it up. You've got to analyze every move you make. There's nothing like kids to get you out of you."

It's a remarkably accurate, true assessment. There is nothing quite like a child's question or a laugh to make petty anxieties of daily life seem utterly trivial. And there is nothing like a child's presence to crowd out the troubling silences that creep in when you only have yourself to worry about.