Family History

When he knew he was dying, family history became important to my father. Or maybe I just started listening, trapping his stories on tape so that I could later revisit them. Dad reminded me that the black lantern in my office was my great-grandfather’s, who used it to light the way to the barn. Dad told about his father deciding whether it was a payroll week or a grocery week. He gave me the recipe for milk toast. I often think of my father’s stories. And I think of the stories I lost like butterflies flitting away when Dad died.


This was written in response to the Hundred Word Challenge at Thin Spiral Notebook.

One thought on “Family History

  1. I hope one day my kids will find all my stories, and that having them written down will be important to them. I have a lot of my grandfather’s written family histories. They are priceless.

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