He had spent his youthful summers on Cape Ann,
but life, as it has a way of doing, took him many miles away
to a place where his kids were born and are growing up
not knowing Stage Fort, or the harbor, or the people of Gloucester.
They have never seen the brave souls on the greasy pole
or splashed in the Good Harbor surf, or, until this day, stood
on a rock watching the fishing boats live out the traditions of
nearly 400 years that began on this precise spot.
So he gave his kids a gift, one that they will remember
and cherish and make them think of him well after they
are grown and have children of their own;
a gift that only a parent can give.
On this lovely day in July he brought them to Gloucester
and showed them around and told them stories
of his summers in this place and gave them
a part of his life that they will keep forever.
© Marty Luster 2012