For as long as I can remember, Celeste and our children have appeared on the radio with me. The Brady Bunch of the radio, you might say. Wires, speakers, headphones and microphones around the house were second nature.

The kids got used to Celeste and me flying off to do shows on the road, from all across the country, although they didn't like us being gone. When I broadcast American Breakfast from the Shawmut Diner, they'd all get in on the act, especially if I was interviewing a celebrity or famous music group they liked.

I think about those golden memories and wrestle with the thought of how time has rocketed by.

Then Dad morphed into Papou, and our grandchildren just couldn't figure out how I could be doing a commercial on the car radio while they were riding in the back seat!

Now, because the COVID-19 virus has me doing my morning show "from the penthouse of the Paleologos hacienda bar and grille," I have a brand-spanking-new, good-natured co-host who comes on the air casually and relaxed. Our three-year-old great-grandson, Owen has quickly put the old man in the shade.

It's amazing to see him spread his little chick feathers. These kids today are so far ahead of where we were at that age. Already, Owen has the tenderfoot intellect, junior talent, the budding gift of gab and those zigzagging curls. And yes, he's getting a lot of fan mail from admiring listeners.

There are two things we should give our children: one is roots and the other is wings.

Phil Paleologos is the co-host of The Owen Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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