Robert is funny, extraordinarily high on responsibility and very protective of his family. His humor is the best kind; witty and topical and never at the expense of other people. It’s rare that a day goes by when we don’t have a good laugh.
He keeps his commitments, his word is a bond and he values friendship. If he says he will do something, go somewhere or complete a project, you can count on him to deliver. He checks in with his mom for a long phone call a few times a week because he knows the call will make her day. He is the kind of friend who maintains relationships across miles and years. I marvel at the fact that he has friends from his childhood who live thousands of miles away.
Robert is protective of the people (and animals) he loves. A good example of this is our cat, Olive. She is quite old and needs special care. He has devised a complex, but effective, system of feeding her. It includes a combination of wet and dry cat food, canned tuna, deli turkey and the bottom of a cereal bowl on occasion. Her plate gets placed all over the house so that she can eat wherever she is comfortable. While this would not be a recommended strategy of feeding a child, it sure works with Olive.
He is giant Red Sox fan, an excellent golfer and a regular basketball player. While I don’t think he would admit it, his favorite pastime seems to be making sure Olive is well fed, sufficiently pet and has a good lap for her evening of snoozing.
He will be a wonderful, involved and highly committed father. The protectiveness he has for Olive will be amplified with an infant. Later, I can imagine him taking an active role coaching a sports team, teaching a child to cook and playing a board game after a day of skiing. A child in his family can count on equal doses of love, laughter and probably a father who insists on too many safety measures!