The author’s purpose of this story is to share how much he treasured about his loved one. “Years after my father’s heart quit, I keep in a wooden box on my desk the two buckeyes that were in his pocket when he died” (The Curious Writer 83). This shows that he cherished the small things in life that brought him closer to his father. From this point on in his life, he will always keep those buckeyes close to him. Wherever he goes he takes them with him and recognizes them at every place he sees. The message of this story was to show that he did not need anything but memories of his father. This helped him to realize that his father is always with him and that the little things in life do not have to be near. All he needed was memories to put himself in the right place. The story goes back to all the memories he had with his father and all the wonderful memories he will never forget. His father is the reason for what he searches for daily. “We need to know where we are, so that we may dwell in our place with a full heart” ( The Curious Writer 87). This shows that he learned where he was and where he was heading. By going through the process of his memories, he finally found a place in his heart where he belongs. He knows that his father is with him wherever he goes, even though he may not be seen. This essay is successful because it is meaningful and has a purpose. Reading this essay taught me that you need to explain everything in full detail so people can experience the life you had through your story. The audience is suppose to put themselves in your story to better understand what you went through and how you accomplished what needed to be done. In every story you tell there should be a successful meaning to it.