Ode to a Solid Man

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His name was James and we all called him Jim. But for some reason my son, Brian, called him Mr. James. I tried to correct Brian but Jim said very forcefully to leave him alone and to let Brian call him Mr. James if he wanted to. And so he remained Mr. James, long after he died. We called up Mr. James during a crisis while my kids were in grade school; 3 kids needing grandparents for grandparent’s day and only 2 grandparents. Discovering this the night before was a crisis that had to be solved and could not be resolved by “sharing” grandparents at school. A phone call to Mr. James explaining...

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