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Happy Father’s Day

Grampy-Img 7272Honor dads today – your dad, your kids’ dad, your grandfather, the person you think of as dad.

My grandfather is 91 years old. At his age he is still living life to the fullest. He belongs to the local drama guild with his girlfriend. He enjoys music – big band, classical, and opera. He loves hosting weekly dinners for family and friends, planting in his garden, playing with his great-grandchildren, doing crossword puzzles, playing Skip-Bo, decorating his house and yard for the holidays, and telling stories.

I believe it’s important to remember our family stories and history. My mom recently took her father (my grandfather) to record his stories in the StoryCorps MobileBooth when it came to Cape Cod. They sat together for forty-five minutes while my mom asked her dad questions about his life. When they finished recording, they left with a CD of their stories and a special memory of that time together between father and child.

The StoryCorps MobileBooth is in Providence now. Although there are no open reservation spaces, find out other ways to record your own family stories.

My dad turned 75 last week. Although he is officially retiring from teaching, he remains active with many organizations, does yoga every morning, and jogs two miles a day.

Every family has its own stories. Even if you don’t record your own, remember to share your family stories with your kids.

More ways to celebrate dad:
– Read Father Bear Comes Home by Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak
Make the Best Pancakes ever!
– Visit the Providence Children’s Museum or Roger Williams Park Zoo today for special dad activities.

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Written by Anisa Raoof