This is a story about a widower and his college-age son who meet with my friend Ed, a financial planner, regarding the making of a retirement plan. The man wants to set up certain funds and trusts for his son and also to flip over his business when the son graduates. Of course, the son hasn't yet told his father he isn't interested in selling surgical supplies for the rest of his life. I mean, being up to your armpits in catheters and cotton balls?

Now, the meeting is apparently going quite well as the father details exactly what he wants done with his money, with his business and, of course, with his son's life. The son stares at the ceiling. He hasn't said a word until Ed's cell phone starts ringing. However, Ed has no intention of answering it, not when he is trying to write out colonoscopy tubes.

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