His statements of truth, as he saw things, started off with the following disclaimer "No offense Mom, but....." Here are some examples through the years:
1. "No offense Mom, but your new hairdo makes you look like a boy."
2. "No offense Mom, but that dress you are wearing looks like you are wearing a tent."
3. "No offense Mom, but you didn't put enough spices in your spaghetti, but it tastes okay, I guess."
Now, I wasn't always grateful for his advise, but that was just my Benjamin. Plus I know that his intentions were never meant to be offensive. He simply was telling it the way he saw it and it was always out of love.
I love you dear son of mine. I can hardly believe that you are getting married in 1 week. No offense, Ben but part of me secretly wishes that we could have stayed in Neverland forever.