Question: Do you know where you can get a copy of the "letter" that Katey Sagal read in the farewell show to John Ritter on 8 Simple Rules? I thought it was one of the most moving speeches ever written and would love to have it. Thank you. Leslie, Madison, Ala.
Televisionary: You mean Paul's final article? Here it is (and nobody give me any grief about running this in the Short Answers section I'm a softy at heart, and it is moving):
"OK, readers, today we're having a little pop quiz. It's multiple choice. So sharpen your number two pencils and put on your thinking caps. Ready? Here's a quote: 'Dad, you're an idiot.' Now, contestants, this was said to me because of which of the following transgressions:
A. Coming to the breakfast table wearing pajamas and black socks.
B. Asking my oldest daughter if that guy I saw her talking to at school yesterday was her boyfriend.
C. Referring to rapper 50 Cent as 'Fifty Cents.'
D. Entering the room.
OK, pencils down. Actually, it was a trick question. The answer is 'all of the above.' Now, do you know how many times I called my father an idiot? Zero. Why? Because I feared him. Back then, we didn't share our deep personal feelings. Our deepest conversations usually revolved around the Tigers' bullpen. But my kids? I can't get them to shut up. There's not a feeling that my kids aren't afraid to express, over and over and over. And my wife assures me this is a good thing. Over and over and over. And she's always right.
So do I wish that my kids feared me? Well, my house would be quieter and I'd spend a lot less time in the bathroom. But no. Because I know that whenever they insult me whether it's a 'you're an idiot,' 'what a geek' or an 'I hate you' an 'I love you' isn't far behind. And it's the knowledge that my wife and kids love me that makes it safe for me to wear pajamas and black socks to the breakfast table."