Published on: March 20, 2014
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Hi, I'm Kevin Coupe and this is FaceTime with the Content Guy.
Yes, I'm back out west. And this morning I want to tell you a story that really doesn't have anything to do with business, but I hope you'll see some value in it nonetheless.
About 20 years ago, my mom and dad went to Florida, for the first time getting a place where they could spend a few months and get away from the cold. They invited all of their kids down to visit at various times- I'm the oldest of seven - and I remember dithering about whether I'd make the trip. Finally, my wife, who is a saint, told me that I had to go, that I should go visit my parents, that she'd be fine (even though we had two little kids at the time).
So I did. And we had a great time … I remember long walks on the beach, my mom making me breakfast (which she probably hadn't done for 20 years), taking them out to dinner and enjoying the fact that I had them all to myself for the first time since I was three years old or so. It was magical … and even more so since a few weeks after I left, my mother suffered the first in a series of seizures. She was diagnosed with cancer, and died four years later. It really was the last time I saw her healthy and energized, and when I think of her, it is how she was that weekend.
Which brings me to this week.
A couple of months ago, my brother, Tim, said to me that we should take our dad, who now is 87, on a road trip. It ended up that this week, I had to be in Arizona for a speaking engagement; Tim, who is a teacher, is on break; and our other brother, Brendan, is retired and living in California. The stars aligned.
So, we are here in Arizona this week, hanging out together, going to spring training games and visiting Sedona and basically just telling stories and laughing and having a great time. My dad seems unbelievably happy - he has this smile on his face that won't go away.
And it occurs to me that I could've found reasons not to be here. There always are reasons. But I'm here, because of my brother and my wife (who insisted that this was an opportunity not to be missed). I'm glad.
My priorities have shifted a bit this week, and I hope you'll understand. I'm still getting MNB out each day, though maybe the commentaries are a bit shorter and "Your Views" aren't always being posted.
The stars have aligned, and years from now, when I think of my dad, it'll be about the way he smiled when his boys took him on a road trip.
Anyway … that's what on my mind this Thursday morning. As always, I want to hear what is on your mind.
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