Only O could take the incredible "Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch and almost besmirch it. Thankfully, the sagacious sermon transcended O's attempt to ruin it and therefore an even larger audience has experienced a taste of the heartbreaking message about life, love, and dreams.
I've mentioned the lecture before -- here's a link to view it in its entirety (about an hour and fifteen minutes, not the woefully too short ten-minute version that the professor presented on TOWS) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo
It is life-changing not just in terms of how you live your own life, but how you are present in your children's lives. I struggle daily to be the type of parent that Pausch had, and he himself became. This sermon really gives you a shot in the arm to be -- and help your children to be -- Tiggers, not Eeyores.
And on today's show, the professor had one more clever nugget -- he wants his young daughter to know that she should never listen to what the boys have to say -- that instead she should watch what they do, and hopefully that will prevent her from making bad decisions. I'm putting that one in my lecture to my girls...
Can I just ask quickly -- what was up with O? Not a tear shed, seemed to be rushing through the interview, asking perfunctory questions... Is it because all her wildest dreams have already come true and so she doesn't need to hear this lecture? I hate to say -- as much as I can sort of understand her decision not to have children -- I think there was a part of her that couldn't let the lecture in because she has no children of her own to pass along her wisdom to.
I haven't had too many hits on my blog lately, while O reaches over 7 million viewers each day. I think Professor Pausch would still agree: I've got the better end of the deal.