48 hours later

Spring Grove Pennsylvania farmer's field


(photo: The sun going down as the two-hour conversation reaches a good place to stop, for now.)

The walk yesterday afternoon was the last thing anyone could have seen coming.

Maybe two miles and two hours later they had finished the most important part.

Getting to, “Where do we go from here?”.

What looked like a simple father and son walk was actually a monumental conversation.

And so it goes.

They decided to give the next conversation a four-day deadline to happen – by New Year’s Eve.

The conversation yesterday had no deadline. But it did rely on a 14-year old’s courage to start an adult conversation. He didn’t initiate it, circumstances did.

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By jeff noel

Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites.


  1. Jeff,

    Those are magical moments in your child’s life as well as yours!! I cherish every time my sons spring a conversation like that with me. I know you do too!


  2. Thanks for sharing Bob. Magical would not be the first choice of words. Intense would be a better word. In the end, it was Magical. It was literally a milestone moment. And for it to originate in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania – wow.

  3. Intense and/or uncomfortable while in the midst of it – that is true. I am with you on that!

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