Can One Christmas Gift Change a Life?

December 28, 2014 8:34 PM

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About a dozen years ago my wife, Debbie, gave me the most transformative gift I have ever received. It literally changed the trajectory of my life (and hers) forever. This sounds like I am setting you up to write about the birth of one of my kids. I love my kids. They are awesome... and a "gift" in many ways. But I'm not actually trying to be that esoteric here. I am talking about a normal, regular old traditional Christmas gift that changed everything. She had no idea the portal she was opening.

What she knew was that I was depressed. My career wasn't exactly going the way I had planned. I had secretly confessed to her a few times that I had the desire to perform or do comedy. I felt like I was too old to try something that off-the-wall, though. (I was 29 with two kids. We were building a n...

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