Steve Goes Sailing Again!

“Sailing was a family affair when I was growing up” explains Steve Graves (87) when asked about where his passion for sailing derived from. Steve used to go sailing with his 5 Uncles as a young boy- spending their days sailing, digging up mussels, and canoeing. Steve stated that he cannot remember the last time he had the opportunity to go sailing, but it was sometime when he was a young adult. Steve was telling his friends at the community how much he missed being out on the water and it would be a dream come true to have the opportunity to get back on a sail boat.

Steve has lived a very incredible life full of helping others. He served in the Air Force for 6 years being stationed in various locations in the US and Europe during his tenure in the armed services. Steve was discharged at the rank of a Staff Sergeant. Steve was very involved in the civil rights movement. He was one of the 300 people that marched in Selma as a civil rights activist, and had the incredible experience of meeting Dr. Martin Luther King in person. Currently residing at Brookdale West Seattle in Washington State, Steve is a Resident Ambassador and strives to continue to help everyone he can.

Wish of a Lifetime and Brookdale were excited to make Steve’s wish a reality by sending him and his grandson, Jonathan, on a sunset sail in Seattle. Steve and Jonathan had a marvelous time. Steve mentioned that the boat was tilted at a perfect 45 degree angle and was one of the most beautiful vessels he had seen. The wind was strong and steady which Steve mentioned makes all the difference when you're on the ocean. He stated "I feel very lucky that I was able to experience sailing again. It was absolutely beautiful."

Photography Credits: Christopher Bachmann Photography