i am always learning by example. from my father i have seen and experienced incredible generosity without his asking for anything in return. time and time again i have witnessed the gratitude he expresses towards his friends. i do my best to carry these lessons with me. my father is 88 today, and we will celebrate all together.. he has been lucky to live a good long life filled with friends that he has loved with his whole heart. i appreciate the way meaning evolves, as life is experienced more deeply. i read charlotte's web several times when I was young, it was always a favorite book.