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The Time Change

Steven talks about fatherhood.
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Todd: Now Steven, I'm single and, but you are married and you are a father, correct?

Steven: That is correct, yeah.

Todd: OK. I'm just curious. What is it like being a father?

Steven: Ah, right. OK, well, I think if I first of all talk about what it was like not being a father, being me and not being a father. I think I used to make the most of my free time, well in fact I didn't make the most of my free time. I was a very lazy person. I was an incredible time waster, so I would have all of this free time to make use of and I would probably just sit in front of the TV, or I'd probably go to a pub and drink, but anyway I took my time for granted. I thought I have this time. It wasn't such a precious thing for me. I had so much of it.
Once I became a father, suddenly my time disappeared but strangely enough, now that I've become a father and I've, it's taught me to appreciate the time I have. My time is now very limited. My work has become busier but I actually make much more use of my time now than when I did so much of it. It's kind of strange.

Todd: And how many children do you have?

Steven: Ah, two. BOys,

Todd: Oh, two boys.

Steven: Yep, they're both still very young. They keep us very busy. The eldest is four and the youngest is three.

Todd: Wow!

Steven: So they need, they still need quite a lot of attention.

Todd: Yeah, so when you first have kids do you lose a lot of sleep? I'm always worried that I won't be able to sleep.

Steven: Well, something that carried over from my previous lifestyle was an ability to sleep very well, and, um, fortunately I have a very understanding wife so if the children woke up, yeah, well because I had to work my wife was, my wife tended to be responsible. She would look after the children if they woke up during the evening, during the night, sorry, and I'm such a good sleeper that even if they were crying incredibly loudly I could just go back to sleep. I don't think there are many fathers like me. I've spoken to some other fathers and they don't have the same talent as I do.

Todd: Oh, well, thanks Steven.

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I'm just curious: What is it like being a father?

When you have questions about things, or you just want more information to ease your mind, you can say that you are 'curious.' Notice the following:

  1. He has always been curious about how machines work.
  2. She was a very curious child.

time waster

I was an incredible time waster, and I took my time for granted.

A 'time waster' is a person who wastes time or doesn't use the time that he has in the way that he should. Notice the following:

  1. In his professional life he is very organized, but in his personal life he is a huge time waster.
  2. Having a busy schedule does not allow you to be a time waster.

lose (a lot of) sleep

When you first have kids, do you lose a lot of sleep?

If you 'lose sleep,' it means that you don't get all the sleep that you need and you are tired. Notice the following:

  1. Drinking coffee too late in the day makes me lose sleep.
  2. Working so much has made me lose a lot of sleep.

carried over

Something that carried over from my previous lifestyle was an ability to sleep very well.

When something 'carries over' from one situation to another, it means that it continues. Notice the following:

  1. Most of the material that we studied in the last class carried over to this level.
  2. I am hoping that some of the life lessons you learned in high school will carry over to college.

good sleeper

I'm such a good sleeper that even if they were crying, I could just go back to sleep.

A 'good sleeper' is someone who can sleep very easily and well. Notice the following:

  1. When you were a baby, you were a good sleeper, except when you were sick.
  2. I have been a good sleeper since the day I was born.

Vocabulary Quiz

curious • waster • lost
carried • sleeper
  1. I am . How much did that cost? .
  2. I have never been a very good on buses and planes.
  3. The lessons from the last math classe over to this one. .
  4. She has a lot of sleep worrying about this problem.
  5. Some tasks are a time. .
Answer the following questions about the interview.

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