Steve Martin 1982
"[Years later, just before my father's death] I was alone with him in his bedroom; his mind was alert but his body was failing. He said, almost buoyantly, 'I'm ready now.' I sat on the edge of the bed, and a silence fell over us. Then he said, 'I wish I could cry, I wish I could cry.'
"At first, I took this as a comment on his condition, but am forever thankful that I pushed on. 'What do you want to cry about?' I said.
"'For all the love I received but couldn't return.'
"I felt a chill of familiarity.
"There was another lengthy silence as we looked into each other's eyes. At last, he said, 'You did everything I wanted to do.'
" 'I did it for you,' I said. Then we wept for the lost years. I was glad I didn't say the more complicated truth: 'I did it because of you.' "