Today I am the happiest I've ever been about the two most important things in my life:
- Family. My fifth great-grandchild arrived in December, and the sixth is expected in March. What's truly remarkable is that the family, with its long history of major traumas, appears not to have any major problems these days. Sure... they have career and financial troubles. But who -- except the one percent -- doesn't? Much of the credit goes to my son, who was a world-class practitioner of tough love raising his daughters and son. The three of them are very different. But each has a great sense of humor, zest for life, and a strong interest in helping others.
- Friends. I have more genuine friends today than ever. I had many more acquaintances when I was working, especially when I joined the AA and gay communities. But what I have today are loving and caring friends who are remarkably diverse. I have elderly friends and young friends, gay friends and straight friends, friends whose families have been in the U.S. for generations, and friends from Nepal, Bangladesh, and the Gaza Strip. I retired from BNA 20 years ago, and still have good friends from those days. Being openly gay has brought me many benefits... including greater ease in establishing close relationships with women.
I am in my final days.