I watched Band Of Brothers with #2 Son last night, because it was D-Day. As it turns out, that's a show that means a lot to me - personally - since it aired when I was just brand new at Internet Security Startup #2, which ended up being a win for us. But I was driving between Atlanta and Massachusetts a lot in the fall of 2001, and away from home a lot trying to keep the wheels from coming off the family bus. Having a reminder that some guys had far worse was an inspiration, back in the bad days of the Dot Com bust.
It's very nice indeed to watch it again, with a (nearly) grown #2 Son, my shootin' buddy. At his age, I was also fascinated with things military. It's nice looking at him, and seeing me at his age. I hope that when he's my age, he'll be so lucky.
Entirely made of Win. Entirely.
And all day, I've been thinking of 2cents' dad, who was a veteran of Normandy. 2cents has been my best friend since we were small - his dad was just a normal guy who never talked about what he did in those months. These days, you'd expect a publicist and a support group, but he was just a regular Joe (a crazy smart regular Joe) raising his kids in the 1960s.
A good man, as were a lot of men. They saved the world, and then came back home to be good husbands and good fathers. I'm a better man for having known him, and watching #2 Son, I hope I do as good a job as he did. Rest in peace.