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Family & Friends

The Gift of Family

By Suzanne Russell
By Suzanne Russell

My family and I wanted to do something special for my father when he turned 80 years old. It was Isabel’s idea to adopt a bench in Central Park and dedicate it to Grandpa from all his grandchildren. My father has always used the park, and for years he and his wife have lived near the entrance at 72nd Street on the Upper East Side. They have walked several generations of dogs in the park.

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Family & Friends

Today’s Sons Are Teaching Their Fathers

By Diane Vacca
By Diane Vacca

When I was growing up, it was unusual to see a father kiss or embrace his son in public, especially if the boy was an adolescent or older. Tom Ruth was “very young, probably less than 12,” when his father would kiss him. “After that, it was the occasional hug. Not a lot of display of emotion,” he said. “Men don’t cry, that sort of thing.”

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