I'm sure one of the reasons I love to read is because my father and mother spent time with me paging through many picture books and sounding out words. This picture was taken in Belgium, I believe--Dad was studying tropical medicine in preparation for his doctor work in Burundi.
In addition, both Dad and Mom took French classes while in Belgium. He told me the other day that he still remembers a sentence the French teacher said aloud to test their comprehension: Le soleil brille. Neither of them had any clue what she'd just said!
Another thing I loved to do with Dad:
Happy birthday, Dad! I do have to say, I don't remember a day when you were without a beard, but these pictures are proof of a prior time...
* Data = Father in Kirundi, the language of Burundi
* Le soleil brille. = The sun shines.