All her life Esther remembered an afternoon from her childhood.

She was waiting for her father, the person she loved

most in the world. When he arrived she rushed into

the warmth of his arms. Esther delighted in her father’s

laughter and tenderness, and his stories of exotic travel, of

trekking through India, of the beauty of the Taj Mahal.

One day, he promised, he would take her there and

they would see it together. Her father never kept his

promise, but Esther treasured the memory of it for the

rest of her life.  It was imprinted in her brain.


Paraphrases from the PBS Series American Experience: Eleanor Roosevelt.