Looking like the teacher that he's always been (he was my 4th grade teacher), this retired fellow made a short speech during Dad's party that had everyone in tears.
You see, he retired just a couple of years ago. He was hale and hearty with an insane head of curly red hair. Then, he was struck with an aggressive, incurable form of cancer. He's been fighting it ever since. Beating the odds and remaining with his friends and family long past the doctors' predictions and taking the incredibly difficult treatments that have long ago passed "simple" chemo and radiation: that's been this other Mr. S's "retirement".
With that in mind, you can imagine everyone's reaction to his choked-up speech about his personal relationship with Dad: memories of fishing and of each of Dad's "latest and greatest" inventions or discoveries . . . and his professional relationship with the man who he'd always looked up to as his mentor.
It was just unbelievably fortunate and meaningful that this man could be here to share in Dad's special day.