I'm back in my hometown of Massena, NY for my Dad's 80th birthday. All of my immediate family is here, as well as my niece, nephews, a couple of brother-in-laws, and other honored guests. I only wish my wife and children could be here with us, but she's out west with her family. She in turn wishes I could be there with her and the kids.
I just wanted to briefly pay tribute to H.J. Dobies, a man who has given his all for over 50 years as a small town family doctor, as a husband to my mother, as a father to me and my three sisters, and as the grandfather of six.
Here's to you, Pop. Thank you for all your help and encouragement over the years, and for just being who you are.
I love you, man.