Family mementos and memories. For many of us they’re vitally important – and full of vitality, keeping loved ones near to our hearts, especially once they’re no longer with us. Precious trinkets, heirlooms, one-of-a-kind photographs, this is the stuff that binds us to the people we care about. The novelist Saul Bellow once wrote, “Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.” And as we hear from Reed Caster in this encore essay, profound connections are sometimes forged from the most modest inheritances.
A lifelong Rhode Islander, Reed Caster was the third generation to run the family business – Caster’s Bicycles. He’s the devoted husband of his wife Mindy and the proud father of his two children, Ruby and West.