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Routines leads to surprises

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Like many, I have a set routine for practically everything.

My routine for paying bills appears funny to some, but it's perfect for me.

Every pay day, I have to take time out of the morning to head to the bank, draw out enough money to go and pay bills and spending money for two weeks.

I then proceed to the post office to pay those bills.

Many of my colleagues and friends pay their bills online.

But for years, I have chosen to pay mine through the post office.

It just works for me.

I made a pitstop at the post office in Brazil Thursday morning for my routine when something very interesting happened.

I was in the lobby putting together those bills when a woman approached me and said, "Aren't you Jellybean's Daddy?"

My reply was, "Yes, I am."

I couldn't help but think it was very sincere.

I did not know this person. Never met her.

But she knew me. And she knows Jellybean.

I couldn't help but notice, though, that the person didn't say my name.

But Jellybean's name rattled off her tongue with no problem.

To me, that was very funny.

I've been writing (from time to time) about a human being that isn't quite here yet.

That particular person (yes, we still don't know if the baby is a boy or girl -- call us old-fashioned) appears to be more (in)famous than their parents.

That's actually really neat, from my opinion.

Heading into the media business, people have many choices.

They can head toward television, radio or print, among other professions.

With television, people are widely recognized.

With radio and print, it's much different.

For the most part, as a writer, you do have a tendency to be unrecognizable, depending on what it is that you do.

But, as a writer, your words mean quite a lot to the people reading them regularly.

Jellybean's nickname appears to have become quite known in the community.

And the baby's not even here yet.

That, to me, is outstanding. For a few months now, it seems every where Merry and I have gone, people have asked us about Jellybean.

That makes me very proud that people are reading our paper and website.

I have taken to words to express my utter joy of becoming a father.

It appears this baby is going to have a lot to live up to.

Hope he or she can handle it.