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April 2006 - Volume 2 - Issue 10



Publisher’s Note

"I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home."

Robert Orben

We are officially a "boomerang" household now. Our youngest (and available!) son Andrew finally escaped the cold and blustery Chicago snow to start a new career and take up residence with Mom and Dad.

Like the new movie "Failure to Launch," I have a feeling Carol and I will be guilty of making home a bit too cozy for this offspring. I cannot tell a lie – we love every minute of it. I have a playmate again!

But, as Carol says, going from a one-child household (I think she means me) to a two-child home takes some getting used to for all of us. And although we discussed some house rules early on – such as don’t take Carol’s last Diet Coke; don’t use up all the hot water; and keep your mess confined to your space – it’s amazing how little behavioral quirks can turn into Mount Everest.

Like the laundry, for instance – Carol’s bailiwick. She normally puts in a load in the morning before starting work. Well, without fail, she faces a dryerful of Andrew’s clothes – which she promptly deposits in a basket for him to deal when he gets home from work. However, Drew’s method of dealing with laundry at night is to rewash and dry the clothes. You guessed it – the next morning Carol encounters, once again, a full dryer. I think we’ve calculated that Andrew’s clothes are generally washed and dried at least a dozen times before they actually "get in the game." Carol has taken to calling the dryer by a new name – Andrew’s Closet – that is when she’s not muttering expletives under her breath.

And don’t even get me started on the "Stratego" game we play, trying to get the cars in and out of the driveway each morning … especially when Andrew’s keys are MIA.

But, if you think I protest too much – you’re right. My two boys always have been my best friends. If it were up to me, I’d have kept them all to myself for the next 50 years. But, times change and kids grow up, even if Dads don’t. A fact, I accept with difficulty. Just ask Andrew when I pout because he won’t accompany me on my daily jaunt to CompUSA or Circuit City. I cannot believe a son of mine doesn’t get the same rush I do from an open-box special!

But I take heart in knowing I am not alone in this new "boomerang" phenomenon. As Bill Cosby says, "Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home." And it seems, there are a lot of us around.

Charles Felix, Publisher

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