Thanks, Ryan. It really put me in touch with what I missed growing up and allowed me some good grieving. A perfect illustration of parents who really understand parenting — even going the length to parent as well as possible in absentia. It was torture as a child having a father in absentia (from divorce) who on the few occasions we visited remained silent and stared out a window. Mindful, emotional presence is e v e r y t h i n g.