Had the little brother to visit for a few days and it was great. Things were hectic in the house, and I didn't get to do nearly the number of things I know he wanted to do, but it was one of those visits that one calls a turning point. Not one single argument. If you know the both of us, that's saying something. I think I learned more about my little brother in 5 days than I had in the last 10 years. Funny what a little listening and civility can do. Big ups to him for coming out...can't wait to have him out again.
Looks like ... wow, I just realized I have no nickname like Chickpea for my son. We agreed on a name so long ago that I never needed to come up with a name. How lame of me. Henceforth, he will be known as LittleCannon. That's an inside joke with some of my fellas, but it's a very fitting name.