I didn’t ever count the number of responses I got, but the book ended up being about 75 pages long.
I started with a photo of him and I and explained that this started out as a gift for him but I have quickly decided it was a gift for me, too. What an amazing way for me to learn so much about my dad!
Somehow, in the midst of moving, I was able to dig out a bunch of old photos. Here’s my dad in elementary school, and a handwritten note from one of his brothers.
One of the things I LOVE about this project is that the book is a mix of so many different elements – some photos, some typed stories, some newspaper clippings, some handwritten notes, and some artwork. Since my youngest is too young to express his memories about Grampa, we had him make a painting instead.
One of the greatest letters in the book is from my dad’s friend Dave. They were in the military together and he has known my dad for a very long time. Great stories! And when I searched for the old family and school photos, I also came across this great 40-year-old newspaper clipping announcing my dad’s Air Force basic training. How cool is that?
But I think my favorite part of the book is from my daughter. When I asked her what she thinks about when she thinks about her Grampa, she remembered this picture and here’s what she had to say.