I would like for my kids to at least have some familiarity with who I am: 'It's the man from TV!'
I have no idea where my pathetic nature comes from. If I thought about it too long, it would depress me.
I don't think my kids have to worry too much about me embarrassing them because that's not how I would want to grow up, with wacky dad showing up at school and performing for everyone.
Sending a handwritten letter is becoming such an anomaly. It's disappearing. My mom is the only one who still writes me letters. And there's something visceral about opening a letter - I see her on the page. I see her in her handwriting.