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Dec 30, 201308:29 AMAfter Hours

with Jody Glynn Patrick

An unexpected holiday gift of time travel

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At the end of the story, his younger brother announced that he had to go to the bathroom and Patrick offered to take him. When they left, my new son-in-law remarked how well Patrick has settled into his new role of older brother following the blending of families via marriage this year.

“He’s growing up well,” Summer remarked. The proud smile on her face at that moment was as beatific and as precious as the first one she ever gave me. I mentally superimposed her emergence over the years from her own little girl cocoon; I saw her tending to her dolls and dreaming about the prince who now partners with her to raise the next generation.

“We’ve all reason to be proud of our children,” I answered, winking at her.

One might say that I was visited by ghosts of Christmas Past and Future this year, and that was the greatest gift of all. You see, I’ve come to know that the best presents are not material purchases wrapped in shiny paper; they are fulfilled wishes presented to you wrapped in a smile. 

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IB Publisher Emeritus Jody Glynn Patrick blends work and life in this very clear departure from her other writing for In Business magazine. Awarded national recognition for both her previous work as a newspaper columnist and her journalistic leadership at IB, she brings us all back "Closer to Home" with her insights and remembrances. A nice place to be "After Hours." Check back often!

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