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Column - September 25, 2009

Diablo Views: Screaming tweens and a moment of clarity

by Geoff Gillette

I'm sitting in the second balcony of the Oracle Arena. Two pre-teen girls behind me scream so fiercely that it makes my fillings buzz. Lights flare in my eyes, fireworks leave pinpoints of light across my retinas and the bass line on the song blasting out of the speakers literally pushes my jeans back against my shins.

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Posted by Lucy, a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 28, 2009 at 6:46 pm

This gave me the goosebumps, Mr. Gillette. Good for you- he will remember that night forever.

Posted by Bill, a resident of Danville
on Sep 30, 2009 at 9:15 am

Agree with Lucy. Way to be a Dad, Geoff! Way to pass it on! The essence of compassion is experience through other eyes, especially if those eyes might be blind to your way of seeing. Screaming Teens (Dance to the music) is a metaphor. Thanks for the story.

Posted by Beth, a resident of Danville
on Sep 30, 2009 at 9:32 am

You brought tears to my eyes, Geoff. You are so right. Thanks for bringing to light one of the best moments of being a parent. Way to rock out!

Posted by Linda, a resident of Monte Vista High School
on Sep 30, 2009 at 10:25 am

Geoff, Treasure these times. They pass so quickly, then before you know it, your son will be mumbling more than speaking, pretending that nothing is fun, and your time together will be one of lifes greatest treasures.

Posted by Brenda, a resident of Blackhawk
on Sep 30, 2009 at 11:33 am

Hurray for you!! Sharing life with your son in such a sweet, affirming way! What a sensitive and engaged parent you are! I know you will enjoy the moments ahead with a son who obviously knows he has a father who loves him......