My friend Ish is about my age. He has the energy and enthusiasm of a kid, but on some things he is kind of old school.
"I have a hard time telling my mom I love her," he said. "Maybe it's a guy thing. It's just hard for me. Instead of saying 'I love you' I say 'Drive safely.'"
I thought of all the times I wished my dad could say "I love you." And all the times he has said "Drive safe. Be careful."
Now I know what he was really saying. It feels really good to have that translation.