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Friends and ears

Love, as we age, is shown in many personal and strange ways.

Close friend: “Don, I’m noticing your big right ear sticks out further from your head than your big left ear.”

Me: “Why do you find it necessary to point this out to me today?”

Close friend: “Well, you’ve lost so much of your hair recently, it just became so noticeable.”

Me: “Well, great evaluator of human form, you keep me posted on other developing features about my aging head.”

Close friend: “Do you mean like your rapidly-growing nose?”

Me: “That’s enough! I’ll bet you’re trying to beat up on me because you’ve got issues bugging you that you don’t want to talk about?”

Close friend: “Yeah, my kid got kicked off the baseball team after practice yesterday and I almost hit the coach.”

We did a quick men’s type of hug with pats on the back and I told my close friend we would tackle this together later when we catch up with the coach.

My close friend, with watery eyes: “Thank you.”

You may call this banter, I call it love.

Author: Don Kuhl

Don Kuhl is founder of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® He has authored hundreds of Journals that have assisted over 10 million people in making positive life changes. While Don was aging (think of a side of beef at a fine restaurant), he managed motel properties, started several sports publications, worked in college and health care administrations and started about a dozen corporations. Some of them failed miserably, a few flourished.