In Steve Martin's autobiography, Born Standing Up, the comedian-turned-actor gives an insightful account of his dysfunctional relationship with his father, Glenn Martin. The first time Steve ever heard his father say "I love you son" was well past Glenn's eightieth birthday. Shortly before the elder Martin died he told his only son, through tears, that he sorely and deeply regretted not returning the many outpourings of love that he had received over the years.
Steve Martin's account of his father is revealing but respectful, honest but tender. It serves us, the living, with a good reminder to say our "I love yous" now, and to give and receive love today in a way that will leave us without regrets tomorrow. (HT: Derek Hale)