For Father’s Day, Simon & Schuster is pleased to offer fifty fans the chance to win a copy of Bruce Springsteen’s memoir Born to Run with a bookplate signed by Bruce! In this special excerpt from the book, Bruce recalls a morning ritual with his young kids:
In the early days, when the children were up at night, I found it easy to do my part in taking care of them. After dawn, Patti was on duty. Once they got older, the night shift became unnecessary and the burden titled unfairly toward the morning hours.
Finally, one day, she came to me as I lay in bed around noon and simply said, “You’re gonna miss it.”
I answered, “Miss what?”
She said, “The kids, the morning, it’s the best time, it’s when they need you the most. They’re different in the morning than at any other time of day and if you don’t get up to see, well then…you’re gonna miss it.”
The next morning, mumbling, grumbling, stolid faced, I rolled out of bed at seven a.m. and found my way downstairs. “What do I do?”
She looked at me and said, “Make the pancakes.”
Make the pancakes? I’d never made anything but music my entire life. I…I…I…don’t know how!
That evening, I queried the gentleman who was cooking for us at the time for his recipe for pancakes and I posted it on the side of the refrigerator. After some early cementlike results, I dialed it in, expanded my menu and am now proud to say that should the whole music thing go south, I will be able to hold down a job between the hours of five and eleven a.m. at any diner in America. Feeding your children is an act of great intimacy and I received my rewards, the sounds of forks clattering on breakfast plates, toast popping out of the toaster, the silent approval of morning ritual. If I hadn’t gotten up, I would’ve missed it.
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