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Memories of Grandpa

Memories of Grandpa

My Grandpa taught me two very important lessons when I was young that I have never forgotten. The first happened when I was about 4. I had been put to bed and had not stayed there. Grandpa told me to get back to bed. I told him NO and called him a “smart aleck.” He was sitting in his chair reading the newspaper. He said “Come here”. I went and he plopped me over his knee and gave me a couple of swats on my bottom and then told me to say sorry and go to bed. I went. I was heart broken. Grandpa had never paddled me before (that was left to Grandma or Mother). I was Grandpa’s girl but I learned that no matter how much someone loved you if you called them names and hurt them they would hurt you back. The second lesson was learned in an easier way, but was actually harder to learn. It was to be able to stay still and listen and learn. Grandpa was a carpenter and made a lot of things in his garage workshop. I loved to be out there with him while he worked, but I could only stay as long as I sat still and didn’t talk. He had a tall stool which I was perched upon and I could watch him woodwork. I particularly liked to watch when he used the turning lathe and curls of wood would come off the chisel. He talked to me and would tell me what he was doing and why. Unless he asked me a direct question I wasn’t to say anything. I don’t know when this really started, but by the time I was 5 I was an old hand at sitting quietly. Many years latter I realized I had learned a lot of carpentry from him. By the time I was 9 he was very sick with blood cancer and I only saw him a few times before he died when I was 10. In the very short time I knew him he had taught me two powerful ideas that I adhere to to this day. Do not say and do hurtful things to others and you learn a lot more by sitting quietly and observing.

Credits: paper by Boo from Cinnamon Mega Kit, paper, frame brad, title block by jil from Cinnamon Mega Kit. Font Derringer Serial by Softmaker Softmaker GmbH


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