this past september i had to say goodbye to my youngest son eastman as he went to college. i wanted to give him some advice, all the things i had been meaning to say before but never found the time:
1. strippers who tell you that they’re just doing this to put themselves through medical school are lying. and no, they don’t really really really like you.
2. start saving now for retirement because there’s not going to be anything left in social security when you’re old.
3. your tax return is just your opening offer.
4. tequila is a source of misery.
my friend mitch (f2fb #153) and i have watched our kids grow up together and we’ve occasionally served on boards of schools and clubs our kids have been involved with. one year, we dug posts together to construct the children’s fair in winnetka.
this coming year, mitch’s son ryan will leave for oregon and so mitch took him on a bike ride. just a regular father son bonding experience of 55 days, 3555 miles across the united states. i think he probably got more advice time in.
we took a short bike ride today to chicago’s botanic gardens. mitch worked there as a teenager, helping to build it. we talked about how our sons have the task now of creating and acquiring, while we have something different to accomplish–to hang onto what we’ve got.
that’s been extra hard for people this year.