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.