ACTION: UPEND THE PYRAMID

Look, Son,” Dad said at breakfast this morning, “I know that you and I need to talk. I know it,” he repeated, making sure that I heard him.

Dad really looked at me when he said this, his eyes revealing what they usually keep hidden, a depth of love for me and his understanding of my need. We’d talk. My dad and I would not miss our chance.

“But today, Mike,” he continued, “I want you to go to work. Dive in, Son! Please!”

There it was again. “Please.” I just looked at him for a moment, trying to get my bearings. Dad and I were going to make a connection—that’s what he just promised. Underneath everything else, that’s all I really wanted.

But right now seemed as good a time as any to start that talk. It’s not like we have ...

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