Since Saturday was my daughter’s 18th birthday, I have birthdays on the brain. And birthdays mean growing older. When I think back to all the people I’ve worked with, young and old alike, I still get surprised as the years fly by. I didn’t always work in children’s programming, but I’ve worked with a lot of kids over the years.
Take for instance one of my first shows, Roseanne. Michael Fishman was all of seven years old when I met him. Now, he’s thirty-three with two kids of his own. I know I should be over the fact that kids grow up, but apparently I’m not, so bear with me.
Almost eight years ago, I started work on a show called True Jackson, VP with a very talented cast led by, Keke Palmer, Ashley Argota and Matt Shively. I met these kids when they were thirteen, fourteen and sixteen years old respectively. Here they are then: (I know… small pic. Sorry. Pull out your magnifying glass!)
It’s one thing to watch adult cast members grow older, because I’m growing older with them. But to watch my kids grow UP… grow INTO adults, is truly amazing. I love watching their careers blossom. Mostly, I love that they’ve remained such good humans.
Keke broke all sorts of records last year. First by being the youngest person to host her own talk-show (Just Keke / BET) and second, being the first African American actress to star in Cinderella on Broadway.
I see all their success and I wish the same for my daughter. Though she may not work in show business (which I’m very happy about), I can’t wait to see where she’ll land as she grows into adulthood.
What about you? Anyone in particular you’re watching grow up/older and trying to wrap your brain around the change?