As I begin a week of 50th-birthday related vacation, I’ve been pondering what I will reap in my second half-century. And the thing that popped out at me is that I can enjoy a loving and healthy relationship with both my parents. This wasn’t always a given over the last fifty years (especially during the middle portion). It was a lot of work and patience, and just waiting for time to change things, on both sides. And it is worth it.