I write a monthly guest column, titled “Musings of a Middle Aged Man”, in the Sanford News, our local newspaper. I’ve been writing this column for a little over 3 years now, I believe.
My 10-year-old son Samuel began writing his own Sanford News column, “Willard School Happenings”, last fall. It’s about things happening in his school – book fairs, dances, etc. Not real exciting subject matter, but Sam makes it a fun read. Only a very good writer could do that.
Two columnists living under the same roof. Pretty impressive, I thought. But it gets even better, because last week, for the first time, Sam and I both had columns in the Sanford News, on the same page! Honestly, it was one of my proudest moments.
This was Sam’s final Sanford News column of the year, as fifth grade is coming to a close. Now I may be a bit biased, but Sam is an excellent writer. He’s been writing stories since he was around 5 years old and continues to do so today at the age of 10. The improvement in his writing, particularly in the past year, has been incredible. I honestly believe that he will be a better writer than I am within a few years. Most people think he is already. Need proof? When my wife posted Sam’s Sanford News column on Facebook, it got about 70 likes. When I posted my Sanford News column the next day, it got 8 likes. Enough said.
The Dynamic Duo
Recently my father told Samuel that he did a great job with his article. Then he said we both did. Sam said, “Yup, that’s us, the Dynamic Duo.”
I thought that was an interesting phrase to use, considering our love for the 1960’s Batman series and the recent passing of Adam West. I guess that makes us the new Dynamic Duo, or perhaps the Dynamic Duo of writing. Of course, Batman and Robin never posed for a photo like ours (thankfully – that would be pretty weird, to say the least). And we don’t wear costumes, although Sam used to until the age of 8 or 9. But we certainly are a Dynamic Duo.
I wonder if the city will adopt a sort of Bat signal for us, with a keyboard symbol in the sky…