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Story Time in the Green Room
Our green room is not a particularly glamorous place. It's a smallish, windowless conference room where guests can hang out for about 15 minutes before the show goes live. From time to time, we have folks spend the whole hour there: spouses or friends, say, or press flaks.
So this past Friday, when it turned into an instant day care center, was a bit unusual.
Jason Gist, who we invited on to talk about being raised by his grandparents, told us he could join us as long as he could bring his kids. Fine, we said. There are three, he said. Fine, we said. They're all three years old, he said. This is a job for our executive producer, we said.
We thought Eve would have her hands full. Little did we know Jason's boys were the cutest, best-behaved trio in the greater metropolitan area. They ate their snacks, listened to stories, and drew. (As Eve told us later, one favored straight lines, one squiggly, and one in between.)
Our other guest for the hour was 83-year-old Evelyn Blair, who has raised four great-grandchildren over the last 15 years. And while she was on the radio her 98-year-old husband Orval sat quietly in a corner of the green room. At the end of the show, he gently chided us about the thrust of the radio conversation: "Don't forget — grandfathers raise kids, too."
As much as I enjoyed the live hour of radio, I wonder now if we should have put some mics in the green room to capture the other show.
Here's Jason with Noah, Jonah, and Elijah: