He is not my appendage.
If you do not see him as his own person... you are not worthy of his attention, let alone his friendship.
Some things should not have to be said. Some things should be obvious to anyone.
And common sense should be common, right?
I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't bother to know this man - as he is the best friend I have ever had. An incredible friend, a wonderful guy, and a great dad.
If you don't bother to look at him and see that, it is entirely your loss.
But I am eternally grateful that I see him.