Leary said that, in his younger years and before Jackson came along, he did enjoy the freedom to party a bit and to travel quite a bit. When Jackson arrived, Leary had the trappings of success: nice car and "pretty good salary."
"I was doing a lot of entertainment writing," Leary said. "But did I want to be at the county fair covering Lynard Skynard while my son was taking his first step or saying his first words? I wanted to teach him to play soccer, draw with him and to start exploring the world with him. But
I wasn't able to do that because I was working so much."
"Going freelance" for a few years meant "cutting back on a lot of things." But it was worth it to
Leary to gain time with Jackson, to witness milestones when they happened because Leary was already present to witness them. It also meant Leary could wrote from anywhere, giving him enormous freedom to spend time with Jackson.
And how do they spend it?
"We both love playing a lot of sports; we both love drawing, reading and writing stories," Leary said. "We take trips and go on little adventures. We play games a lot: video games, card games. We like exploring different things."
Leary said he even put his dating life on hold for a long time, understanding divorce is a tough time for a child.