On the front porch of his grandparents home, the word God was often used, but only in the context of a harsh modifier. Even though they were products of the Depression, his grandparents had no affinity towards religion, God or anything.
They are young, 20 somethings, married, but bitten by a bug. Not the typical bug mind you. They headed off to Malawi a few years back, and they met the children there.
“I don’t want to give them anything.” We were at that crucial moment in his estate plan, and Joe needed to decide how much he was going to leave his kids and grandkids. When the question came up how much he wanted to leave them, he was firm in his resolve. For the next 40 minutes, I heard all of his stories about how his kids had frittered away money, failed to listen to his advice, and only came to him for money.