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February 21, 2012
Somewhere in my mom's house is a photo of Poppop when he was about 70, in her dining room, wearing a dark blue short-sleeve knit shirt that seems to be just as much "him" as his ubiquitous cigar, tan and handsome, hair clipped (courtesy of me and my sister) in at least a dozen colorful clips like a little girl on the subway, eyes scrunched, mouth contorted into an idiotic grimace/smile, face turned to the camera (Instamatic!). How I wish I could climb into that photo and thank him for showing me that you're never too old to be ridiculous.