This story proves that the old adage is wrong – you can teach an old dog new tricks!
For 91 years, James Henry, a lifelong fisherman, did not know how to read and write.
Now 98, the Mystic, Connecticut man has changed that and penned a memoir full of short stories.
Henry said it was his ambition to learn since he was young, but life’s obstacles always got in the way.
“I felt so ashamed that I couldn’t read or anything like that, but I covered myself pretty good in certain respects. I had to because I didn’t know what to do,” Henry said.
Although he sought his wife’s help several years ago, she was too sick to teach him to read at the time.
After her death, Henry’s granddaughters encouraged him to start learning again and were able to get help from the Literacy Volunteers of Eastern Connecticut.
His granddaughters weren’t the only ones to push him toward his goal of literacy.