Tuesday, July 14, 2015

A Birthday Wish

Today, if my father had been alive, he would have turned 101.

What would have happened on his birthday today?

He may have seen this peace lily blooming in my mother in law's front yard yesterday. (That's just my way of sneaking a flower picture into my post.)

He would have seen the publication of Go Set a Watchman, the long-awaited sequel...uh, prequel...uh, whatever, of To Kill a Mockingbird.

To Kill a Mockingbird - the book that was so perfect, the author somehow knew that nothing she wrote could ever surpass it - so she decided to be satisfied with the one book.  Until now, at the age of 89.

I've read part of the first chapter - and I never finished it.

No, it wasn't because of the surprises revealed in the first chapter (no spoilers here).

It was because....I really don't know.  Perhaps I will return to the book once I can concentrate on it - something that, with my caregiving responsibilities right now, I can't do.

And third - the beloved comic strip Bloom County is back.  Well, it was back yesterday.  But it is back.  It ceased publication on August 6, 1989.  25 long years.  But it is back.

Happy 101st birthday, Dad, whereever you are.  You loved history.  You loved reading.  You loved to read newspapers.  You loved the comics.

You helped make me what I am today.

4 comments:

  1. Awww, Happy Birthday to your precious Dad! I hope you enjoy this day, as you reflect on your memories of him and the family. {{Hugs}}

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  2. Happy birthday to your father.

    I take it you haven't heard the brouhaha about whether or not Harper Lee actually consented to have that novel published. There's a reason why you might not be enjoying it, and there's a reason why she reworked the book into TKAM.

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  3. Ah, yes. Without our fathers we wouldn't be the essential 'us'. The peace lily is perfection in the form of a flower. If only I could smell it.

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  4. Happy Birthday to your father, Alana. Such a pretty flower that is.

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