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Meet A Parent: Abe Dane

Abe & VeraNeighborhood: Oak Hill
Kidoinfo Interviewer: Katy Killilea

Kidoinfo: Who’s in your family?
First came Jan (my wife), then came Joya (a custom blended dog) and then came Gwen (7), Johnny (5), and Vera (almost 3). Various fish are no longer in the picture.

Kidoinfo: What trait(s) do you most admire about your family?
Generosity, avidity, alacrity, and general bigness of spirit.

Kidoinfo: What is your favorite thing to do?
AD: Tickling my way through a welter of children, then finding a brief moment when I have, simultaneously, quiet and whatever I have been wanting to read, and then falling asleep. Then doing it again. Also, arguing and cooking.

Kidoinfo: Where is your favorite place to hang out?
AD: At the big butcher block in my kitchen, across from friends who have just dropped in without even knocking.

Kidoinfo: Where would you most like to live?
AD: Where I am…unless everything and everyone I love about Pawtucket could be transplanted to someplace with mountains, and an ocean, on the lower east side of Manhattan.

Kidoinfo: What do you like to do when you are not with your kids?
AD: Work. And poke people on Facebook.

Kidoinfo: What is the most overrated thing about parenthood?
The idea that just because you are always telling people what to do, you are somehow in control.

Kidoinfo: What is your most treasured possession?
AD: A hard disk full of photos of my family and little notes about things that have happened or that I think I have figured out.

Kidoinfo: What superpower would you most like to have?
AD: The ability to stop time and indefinitely appreciate a sublime moment.

Kidoinfo: Who is your favorite fictional mother or father?
AD: The Dick Van Dyke of the eponymous show, or possibly that muted trombone noise in the Charlie Brown specials.

Kidoinfo: What are you going to do now that you have answered these questions?
AD: Get back to work…breathing life into a new software company with my friends at Tizra.

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