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January 16, 2003
My father-in-law and I came close to anything approaching a serious disagreement on only one occasion. We'd taken him south for my grandmother's 90th birthday. True we wanted him in on the celebration but we had a secondary motive. We hoped that him seeing someone comfortable in elder care might prepare him for his pending (and dreaded) transition. "Treat me like a man,' he said after I'd chided him (once too often) about going to bed one evening.

"Well act like one," I replied. We faced off a moment before he aquiesced. I wonder, had he peeped my hold card?