Q. Who can you turn to for a fatherly second opinion?
A. Mr. B
(For Lent, I've decided to write 40 posts about people I love / made me who I am / thankful to know / appreciate)
This man is my Father's best friend. Although I think my Mom's sister is her best friend, Mr. B's wife and my Mom are very close and dear friends. The Bs have three children, the oldest just a year younger than me. We grew up in the same neighborhood. The three children and I went to the same elementary school, but different high schools. However all of the following are graduates of Marquette University: My father, me, Mr. B, Mrs. B, and their two oldest children.
Anyways, Mr. B is a very important person in my life. When I look forward to the possibility of introducing a potential future wife to someone I fear Mr B's reaction more than that of my Father. Mr. B can be intimidating to others. His kids will yell at him and call him rude. I call it honesty without filters. I have, at many times, used this non filtering for my advancement. I love my parents, as you know, and always ask for their advice. But sometimes parents give candy coated advice. That's not the case with Mr. B.
He saved me from making quite possibly the worst career decision of my life.
But as much as I'm thankful for his role in my life, I'm more thankful for his role as a friend to my Father. They have a great time, and many laughs, when together. I know my Dad feels the same way - but these bears of men won't publicly declare it like I am now.
Instead, may they both raise a glass to each other.