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A Piece of My Mind
October 17, 2007

The Family Man

Author Affiliations

A Piece of My Mind Section Editor: Roxanne K. Young, Associate Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(15):1742. doi:10.1001/jama.298.15.1742

“Give Lori a kiss for me.” That was how my grandfather ended all of our telephone conversations, with a gentle but straightforward reminder of what my top priority should always be: to love my wife.

Of course, Papa didn't need words to impart his most cherished value. Through 60 years of marriage, he taught convincingly by example.

I can remember, on countless occasions, my grandparents having a minor spat around the kitchen table. Suddenly, just as the argument was about to reach a crescendo, Papa would switch gears, smile mischievously, and turn to me. “You see your grandmother?” he’d announce. “Now that is a beautiful woman.”