This month, my life is perfectly split in two.

Exactly 24 years ago this month, I turned 24. What I remember most from that month wasn’t my birthday: It was this guy I met.

He was very, VERY short. I remember that.

So short, in fact, that the first time I met him, someone just… handed him to me. Seriously. They handed me a guy.

I didn’t really know how to interact with him, so I turned to my wife, who normally does my socializing. She seemed really tired, so this guy and I just kind of stared at each other.

He wouldn’t tell me his name (he just sniffed and snuffled) so I gave him one.

Things were awkward, but eventually – it took quite awhile, actually – he was open to intelligent conversation.

WOW, did that guy catch on to stuff.

He didn’t know how to play chess, so I taught him… and then he beat me. He didn’t know how to read, so my wife showed him… and then he graduated from Berkeley. I shared my copy of a Tolstoy book with him… and now he speaks fluent Russian. We bought him a Little Spy Kit for $8… and now he’s an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. military.

Yikes.

When they hand you a snuffling small guy in a blanket like that, sure, he’ll look sleepy, but he’s totally sand-bagging you.

The first 24 years of my life were mostly me thinking about me. The second 24? Not so… Click To Tweet

A friend of mine once told me, “You never know how selfish you are until you get married.” And he was right, but make no mistake: You learn it all over again when they hand you a guy like that.

I’m glad they did that. I”m glad I met that guy.

The first 24 years of my life were mostly me thinking about me. The second 24? Not so much.

The second half has been way, way better.

Brant Hansen

Brant Hansen

Brant Hansen is a toast-obsessed nerd who's also a husband and dad and has won multiple awards for his radio hosting skills. He keeps Middays fun on WAY-FM and works for the amazing Cure International.

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