Wow! What an amazing, delightful book! Lynn Byk, Mr. B’s daughter-in-law, has written a fabulous memoir of a first-class example of a man of the Greatest Generation. We see almost a century of tremendous mechanical and technological changes through the eyes of—literally—a rocket scientist. The first year of sharing Mr. B’s home, his son Paul and daughter-in-law Lynn were gifted with an entirely different experience than anticipated. Each has received a precious treasure.
Paul and Lynn must sell the home they have so lovingly put together. Lynn was forced to give up her dream for that home due to the neighbors and lack of cooperation from the city. They moved in with Paul’s father, Joe Byk, who has lived in his home for over 40 years, the last few living alone after the loss of his beloved Maudie. Lynn noticed the effect of many little, cumulative changes from recent months showing a sad trend, for Mr. B. He looked so frail and was taking less care of himself, his home, and garden.
Mr. B was less than thrilled to have people move into his home, and didn’t want any changes made to the 40+ year old décor, including floor coverings and paint colors. It was challenging for each to accept the parameters, yet it is Lynn who spends the most time with Mr. B. What she and Mr. B learn and share through these circumstances is tremendous, demonstrating yet again what a priceless treasure of wisdom, history, and love can be learned from seniors of any age.