Happy Birthday

My wife was born three-and-a-half decades ago this week. Over one of those has been lived with me as her husband. Sometimes I quip with friends on their birthdays, "I'm glad you were born." Although it often comes across flippant, it's really a serious statement. And in a sense, it's the essence of what we mean when we utter the more banal, "happy birthday". 

My life would be different (

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the slow-motion train wreck of parents living vicariously through their kids

When I was in little league, my coach was thrown out of one of my games for threatening to assault the umpire.

As a pre-teen, I played a round of golf with an accomplished golfer-peer who practiced daily at his father’s behest. After missing the green on an approach shot, in a rage he broke his golf club over his knee.

When I was in high school, during a sports tournament a parent from my academy was thrown out of a game for cursing at officials.

Another time after a similar set of incidents, the school board from the same institution legally barred a parent from attending any f

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