Today marks 85 years that my dad has celebrated on Earth. Much of what’s possible is from our parents. It’s where I learned to persist, keep pushing, life isn’t always fair but find the best way through problems that you can. Family matters. Some aren’t always as close as we like but it doesn’t go away.
It also marks 45 years since my baby sister was born. It sounds funny now saying that. April has a son and daughter in law and grandchild now. Time passes on.
Today is a big day, then, in family history. It’s a time to appreciate the lessons, both pleasant and unpleasant, taught over time. Some by example, some of what not to do. Of reusing things in unusual ways. Of being different, and different is ok. Of being aware of our actions and the environment. Doing the best job we can with what we have.
One of the topics when I called home to convey birthday greetings was one of the earliest and still standing sites, of one of our ancestors. An apple tree dating back before the Civil War by decades stands – dad says the apples were tasteless but it was cool having something that old, touching something that has persisted for that long.
The inspiration to try new things, be different survives. Some pictures from the farm there. Happy birthday Dad & April. May there be many more.