My Birthday

My birthday was coming and Karla asked me what I wanted to do on my special day. I said, “I want to hang out with my kids for a few hours.” So we began the almost impossible task of trying to get everybody together at the same time. We were almost successful. My youngest son, Jake, lives and works at the Hyatt in Lake Tahoe and was unable to be with us.
 
Nick, Chris, and Aubrey, along with partners were able to hang out for a few hours with their old man. We met up in Oakland, where my son, Chris was attending a seminar for PE teachers. We strolled around Jack London Square and visited. We ate at a wonderful Vietnamese place downtown, and then ate Gelato at a little expresso-ice cream cafĂ©. So simple and so much fun to hang out with adult children. As we walked back to the car at the end of the evening, I walked past a homeless person living on the street. My mind was elsewhere. My son stopped and gave the elderly man a couple of dollars. This same son who thinks his old man does crazy work at the church. Karla elbowed me and said, “he’s like his dad.” While I rarely put cash in peoples hands these days, it felt good to see his compassion. I read this quote the other day and it really spoke to me. “It is brave to have a soft heart in a cruel world.”
 
Keep your hearts soft.

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