What a beautiful story of growth.
I learned more about my dad’s early adult life by reading through all his old letters after his death than I did during all the years we spent together.
Your observation about “the essential microaggression of the young — the assertion of oncoming irrelevance” is the first time I’ve read something like that on a site that is dominated by millennials.
Ageism is the last acceptable form of discrimination.
Of course, the fact that you’re an old guy with an adult son (like me) might have something to do with that awareness.