What is the most memorable gift you have received?


As my friend Diamond Dallas Page likes to say, it’s essential to have an attitude of gratitude. With this in mind, what is the most memorable gift you have received? Read on for mine.

It shouldn’t be a shock to anyone that my son Oliver, who is a little over four months old, is the most memorable gift I have received. He’s a lot of work, and parenting is no joke. However, he’s adorable, has a captivating personality, and makes us smile daily.

Watching my son grow and evolve is exciting. I look forward to the future when we can play video games together, go to wrestling events, and watch horror movies. I’m sure he’ll be a mini-me for a while, and that will be a ton of fun. He’ll eventually become his own person with unique interests and passions, as he should, and I welcome all the phases of life he’s yet to experience.

Oliver has never seen a snowstorm, enjoyed spring, been in a pool on a hot summer’s day, or met a dog. I sing to him all the time, making him smile and giggle. I read to him, talk to him, carry him to and from daycare. And I tell Oliver I love him all the time. Between the love and kisses he gets from my family and me, he’s not at a loss for affection.

With all the fantastic musicians, actors, authors, and pop culture icons I’ve interviewed and met, I hope he thinks Dad is pretty cool. Most of all, I hope Oliver’s life is even greater than mine.

What is the most memorable gift you have received? It can be an object, an experience, a person, or philosophy — whatever is meaningful to you. Existing isn’t enough. Fully embrace life and live every day with an attitude of gratitude.

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2 thoughts on “What is the most memorable gift you have received?

  1. Tom Sawyer – Malibu, CA – Novelist, screenwriter, playwright Thomas B. Sawyer was Head Writer/Showrunner of the classic CBS series, MURDER, SHE WROTE, for which he wrote 24 episodes. Edgar and Emmy-nominated, Head Writer/Showrunner or Producer/Story Editor on 15 network TV series. He has written 9 series pilots, 100 episodes, both comedy and drama. He wrote/directed/produced the feature-film cult comedy, GOSH ALICE GOODBODY. His documentary film, REUNION, was honored by the New York Film Festival, the Rochester and Edinburgh Festivals, and received national theatrical release. Tom is co-librettist/lyricist of JACK, an opera about John F. Kennedy which, backed by the Shuberts, has been performed to acclaim in the US and Europe. He is publisher of STORYBASE 2.0 writer’s software. Tom’s book, FICTION WRITING DEMYSTIFIED, and STORYBASE software are Writer's Digest Book Club Selections. The best-selling mystery/conspiracy thriller, THE SIXTEENTH MAN, about JFK's assassination, is his first novel. His latest thriller is the best-selling NO PLACE TO RUN, the first novel to make the case that 9/11 was a conspiracy. He's taught writing at UCLA, at other colleges and universities, at numerous major writers conferences, and online at Screenwriters University. www.ThomasBSawyer.com
    Tom Sawyer on said:

    Charming, Michael. And judging from Ollie’s photo, totally understandable. Sincere congratulations to you and his mother.

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