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Filed Under on June 1st, 2011

'How *you* doin'?'

By Seth Kabala

Ten bucks says most of you know the fictional character that spoke this trademark line. Well, let’s make that one dollar, since it’s all but assured.

It’s Joey’s pick-up-line of choice from Friends. You know, when he couldn’t go immediately to boinking and had to, with great effort, engage in pre-coital conversation. Actually, any intelligent conversation was a challenge where Joey was concerned, but we’ll save that for later.

I will use this line to write of things slightly more wholesomer. I know that’s incorrect, but it sounds so cool.

When I call home at lunch to talk to my wife, Will, my five-year-old, sometimes wants to talk. He’s well spoken in person, but over the phone I usually struggle to differentiate words from animal humping noises. He bumps the rpm’s to 150, scratches the needle across the grooves, and then gets annoyed when I don’t understand him.

On this occasion, though, I was thrown not because of lack of clarity, but because of it. I open these lunchtime chats with my own, I’m sure unique, line: “So how’s it going?” To which he responds by either imitating Chip and Dale or being surly. I think it depends on the stars aligning or those Netflix ads actually making sense.

But this time after he’d finished his story, Will said, “So how are you doing?” And then left the open air for me to fill. I was speechless for a moment, but managed to say something about walking outside during my lunch-break so as not to sound totally lame (I’m sequencing steps in a Macro, Son. Is your day as flippin’ fantastic as mine?).

I’m always so focused on keeping my kids safe that I don’t often think about how they worry about me. Do you do that? Probably you do. It’s just tough to comprehend that those little monsters who tied the dining room chairs together with yarn, making it impossible to pull them away from the table, could really care about your well-being.

But kids are smart, and if they care, I can tell you why.

Because you care.

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Seth Kabala

About: Seth Kabala
Seth is an entrepreneur, writer, musician, family man, and juggler of balls--big ones. He lives with his wife and three children in Portland, OR.

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