Kevin and Julia were watching some show Wednesday night, where one of the characters said his dream life is “to play video games and write books.” I overheard it and quipped, “I play World of Tanks all day and wrote a book.”
The kids both looked at me and said, “You didn’t write a book.”
I was dumbfounded. I replied, “Um, yeah, I wrote a book with a friend of mine. It only sold about 200 copies, but I wrote it.”
Again: “No you didn’t, Dad.”
It was time to go to the videotape. I told Kevin and Julia to follow me upstairs. I went to me dresser drawer and pulled out an author’s copy of Only Son. I told them to read the cover out loud.
They said, “Only Son… Oh my God, your name is on this! You’re famous!”
I politely explained no, I was not at all famous, but I did write a book, and am presently working on a solo effort. I won’t be famous after that one, either… except with my kids.