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Moving Day Isn’t So Bad When The Kids Finally Grow Up

Charley Barnes, TSM

I have been in radio since I was 15 years old and have worked in about a dozen different markets so to say I have moved a few times is an understatement.  But you know, it’s not too bad when the kids grow up.  I wonder what else they can do?

Seriously, there was one point in my life where I didn’t see my name in a phone book for 6 years.  When you are in radio, you typically move around quite a bit working yourself up the ladder.  Better gig, better market, more money, programming etc.

It would also be safe to say that of the half dozen moves I made while married with very small children, the help was limited.  So, most I have literally done myself as my ex-wife would document.  Dryers, washers, refrigerators etc. Some of those times with out a dolly.

No wonder my back hurts.

So today was moving day for my Mom who moved into a new townhouse.  Today marked the first move EVER in my life where I had a child with friends old enough to do it all.  My job was to supervise and lift as little as possible.  What a beautiful thing.  I did however do some weight lifting when challenged by the youngsters on a rock fountain that took 3 young men to carry.  When I said I had moved that same fountain by myself, 3 times, they laughed.  What was I to do?

It’s nice when you can shut the kids up once in awhile and see the look in their eyes when they find out “the old man” can still kick some ass.  Major respect right there, Jack.

So what is it that made your life easier once your kids “came of age?”   Do you make them do it all now and just kick back and “supervise?”

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