He led the greatest show on earth ... in his mind.
It is sad that he never truly listened, for if he did he could have brought that imagination and creativity into your lives and made it so you never wanted to leave home.
I guess the lesson to be learned is about setting and maintaining boundaries. I am extremely curious and creative, and sometimes the hardest thing I have to contend with is picking 'just one' and rolling with it.
Enjoy the quiet and peace, and I wish you luck on your journey!