The circle of life. We’re born dependent, then become independent, often encumbered with a few dependents of our own about the same time the once-independent people who ushered us to our independence become dependent upon us. Kinda confusing, but not as confusing as why I ever thought that puka-bead necklace I’m wearing in that picture was a good look. Because it wasn’t.
But don’t focus on that. Focus, instead, on my sweet parents. My mom is alive and well at age 83, still sharp as a tack. But my dad died about ten years ago. Shortly after that picture was taken, in fact. I was the consummate bachelor back then, which meant that he missed my full circle. Because, like him, I ended up marrying a single mom. And like him, at age 42, I welcomed a surprise child to the world. Like him, it was my fifth and final child. The surprise, fifth child dad had when he was 42? Yours truly.
But that doesn’t mean that I’m out to copy everything my dad ever did. Because he was a bit of a character and there are certain of his habits that this character could probably do without. Here are seven of them.
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