Today would have been my grandpa’s 89th birthday. It has hit me really hard this year because on December 6, it will be 10 years since his death. Here are some lessons I learned from him:
1. Sometimes you need to drive off the beaten path. He would drive through the neighborhoods instead of the main streets. I drive that way too. I know so many different ways to get to work that I could confuse someone.
2. Sometimes it’s better to listen then talk. I knew I was in real trouble when my grandpa started lecturing me about my behavior. When he spoke, you listened because whatever he was going to say was important.
3. Chocolate and sweets make the world go round. He loved pumpkin pie (Imaginative One’s favorite) and chocolate. They would sit next to his recliner on his end table. Okay not the pumpkin pie but the chocolate did. Don’t ask me how I know.
4. Nature is beautiful. He and grandma would sit and watch the hummingbirds outside their family room.
5. Family is important. When my mom, sister, and I moved in with him and grandma, he was ready to retire. He continued working for about 7 years so he could support us. He made the bunk bed my sister and I shared for 2 years.
6. Keep your gas tank half full especially in winter. You don’t want the gas to freeze.
7. The importance of vocabulary. He would read Reader’s Digest and have me look at the Word Power with him. I still read the Reader’s Digest and look at the Word Power. Those word power puzzles stump me at times.
8. Coffee is yummy! I didn’t start drinking coffee until after he was gone. Now I love it. Now I wish I could sit down with him and drink a cup of coffee with him.
9. Education is important. He wanted me to graduate from college. I was the first one in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree.
10. Trust in God! He was a tail gunner during World War II and saw unimaginable destruction. His faith needed to be there in order to survive.
Thank you Grandpa for teaching all these lessons!