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Like Father Like Sons

By Bob on September 30, 2013 4:27 AM

Our NY-based son (not like we have another son tucked away making the new iPhone 6 in a Chinese sweatshop) turns 27 next week and I know this birthday is going to be great.

How do I know internets? Because it HAS to be better than last year's birthday. His last birthday SUCKED.

It wasn't something I did or didn't do. Or he did or didn't do. It was beyond everyone's control.

Cole's birthday last year - the exact day mind you - was spent attending his grandfather's (my dad's) funeral. Whoaaaaaa...before you reach for the Kleenex box, lemme 'splain. This isn't one of those posts.

See? I told you it wasn't one of those posts. And just in case you were wondering, I totally ROCKED those shorts in 1989.Cole & Dad-600.jpg
Cole and I have both matured since then...well, a little anyway.

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My father, John Martin Hill, was a wonderful man. Great father. Terrific grandfather. A really great, great grandfather. He loooooved to tell stories and was never shy about telling you he loved you. It's corny I know, but we were blessed to have him in our lives.

But that wasn't the best part.



We have dinner reservations at a famous Midtown steakhouse.

He always made you feel that HE was blessed to have YOU in HIS life. THAT was his blessing and it's what I miss most.

Cole's grandfather gave him a family history lesson the last time they were together. Cole & John-600.jpg

Cole isn't coming home for his birthday this year. Work and other big city demands prevent it.

Instead, Charlotte and I are going to New York to celebrate. We have dinner reservations at a famous Midtown steakhouse where we'll catch up on each other's lives over blood-rare steak (Cole's favorite) and a not-too-expensive cabernet sauvignon.

Cole will leave with enough leftovers to stock his fridge for a couple of days. But, I also hope I leave him with something else: the knowledge that he's the blessing in our life.

You see, it's kind of a father-son tradition.

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