I think after this gig is over I'm going to open a national chain called 'Rent-A-Child.' I've realized that I'm pretty much dead without them. They give me so much energy (and at the same time wear me out!) I've noticed that while walking through airports, I light up when I see kids. I think I need to pack one with me in my carry-on bag.
This morning I was hurtin'. I need a good cup of Jo, or Aspen, or any little person under 4 1/2 feet tall. Jon Quam [the NTOY director] just wasn't doin' it for me this morning. But he did remind me that the quicker I get to the stories, the more passionate and memorable my message becomes. It brings the kids along with me!
That's one thing they seem to be missing around the Dept. of Education: kids and their stories.