Every month my dad receives a writing assignment, a question chosen by the gift giver or another family member. These questions can be anything to What was one of your most memorable birthdays to the one he answered today, What was your wedding day like?
My dad is 85 years old. Lately, he's reported having a hard time finding his words. His monthly writing assignments give him a daily purpose as he spends time trying to get his thoughts together. He takes the time to review files on his computer and works intently to make sure each word is just the right fit.
On the occasion of his 80th birthday, my dad sat back and smiled. He went on to say that the one thing he always dreamed of as a kid was to grow up and have a family of his own. His writing celebrates the family he knew as a young man growing up in Baltimore.
I consider myself lucky to get a glimpse into those memories and am thankful that he was given the opportunity to write them down.