Today I see that that he was giving insight into my personality, which, to my father was an extension of his. I, like my father, am deeply private, and at the same time sociably social. As he predicted, I have dozens and dozens of acquaintances, but less than a handful of people that I call friends. Maybe my definition of a friend is too narrow. More likely its that I prefer to interact with people on a one-on-one, deeply personal level, and there are just so many people in your life that you can do that with.
The other day my 8-year old son had his best friend over to the house for a sleep over. My father's words came to mind and I felt happy that his friend was there, the two of them sharing the latest video game or having a Nerf gun war. I see myself in my son, as my father saw himself in me. I'm continually surprised how generations pass...one to the next.