About a year ago, I shared the personal story of my Dad, who taught me about giving through the care, maintenance and replacement of a heavy-duty ladder shared by my family with others in my neighborhood — The Ladder: Quiet, Consistent Generosity, Gettysburg Times, 7/22/2020. In that column I explained how I came to learn that giving is not necessarily innate, but rather a learned behavior that relies on one generation teaching and inspiring the next.
Sadly, my father, Vincent Anthony Serpe, died a few months ago. COVID’s scourge separated him from my Mom, our family and his life well-lived. At 90, he was still adding things to his lengthy “things to do before I die” bucket-list and checking them off one by one. Unfortunately, number three on his list, “attend one more Shirley Bassey concert,” was not to be.