Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Parent of the Week: Daddy Warbucks

I’m always talking about how parents influence children. But as we all know, children influence parents just as much. A great example of this is Little Orphan Annie and Daddy Warbucks. Remember how cold Daddy Warbucks was at first, insisting that he must have a boy orphan come stay with him? But sure enough, in just two short hours- er, several weeks- that cute, red-headed, curly top won over his heart and had him tap dancing on the steps of his mansion (who hasn’t tap danced on the steps of their mansion?) while fireworks spelled out her name in the sky. I’ll have you know that, as a child, I thought fireworks spelling was a real possibility for years. Every Fourth of July I waited for the show to end with the spelling of something in the sky, only to be disappointed. Thanks a lot, Annie.

But I digress.

The point is, children influence you, parents. Think about it. You’re probably a lot more patient than you used to be. Probably a lot more selfless, too. You probably laugh more, sing more, and snuggle more. All good things :) I bet that, if you sat down and made a list of all the things your children have taught you, you'd still be writing hours from now. Leapin' Lizards!

Annie taught Daddy Warbucks that life isn’t about money, business, or politics. It’s about people, relationships, and attitude. And also singing and dancing. But what’s important is that Daddy Warbucks was open enough to receive Annie and what she taught him. So today we honor you, Daddy Warbucks. You wore bald and bowties well, and though we cringed a little when you first sang a bar in ‘Tomorrow,’ we were totally with you by ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You.’


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