My mom took this picture on the Father’s Day when I was 8 and he was 49. By squinting and googling I ascertain that the book we bought him is A Circle of Light #1, about which I remember nothing except the cover. I remember I was very excited about the ice cream cake and thought it was clever that it had a tie on it, since I already knew that ties were the cliche gift and this was a tie, yet not.
Also we got him a cigar and I made him a card that says Lord of the Rings because he was reading it to me. He’d make himself hoarse doing the orc voices.
I miss him.