Welcome to storytelling Sunday (all be it just a little late!) for July. If you would like to know more about it, or to join in on the first Sunday of each month with your own story, then head on over to Sian at From High In The Sky for more details.
In light of events this past week I dedicate this story to my Grandpa ...
|Grandpa & I|
My Grandpa was a private man who found it hard to express his emotions. He had such an unusual upbringing and young adult life that I am sure that this influenced the man he became. However, I knew him to be loving and kind. The type of man who would do anything for anyone, but usually on the QT. I am the eldest grandchild and there are boxes and boxes of photos of me, but I could only find TWO with my grandpa. He obviously did not like to have his photo taken!!!
|With my Grandparents (I am still the only Grandchild!!!)|
He was always very precise ... PERFECTLY straight rows of veggies, PERFECTLY straight lines in the mown lawn, every tool in the shed had a PRECISE home!!! Do you get the picture :-) He even sorted the sticks into piles of similar size in the wood shed! When putting in fences his kids had to ensure they were straight and that each fence post came to the same height as measured by a certain button on Grandpa's shirt. Everything had a home but he would indulge his grandkids in all sorts of ways.
My Grandparents lived on a large block which many would now call a 'hobby farm' as it is now pretty much part of the city. Back in its day they had a poultry farm on it until the government ran a highway straight through the 'chook sheds'. Grandpa would spend hours sharpening the ends of sticks for us on the grinding stone so we had arrows for our handmade bows. He turned a blind eye when we raided the veggies from the garden for a summer's day snack. He let us shred the old newspapers for him when he was making bricks. He would always lend us tools as long as they came straight back clean and ready to be hung in their place. I only just realised that the tool shed was the ONLY locked building on the whole property!
|My munchkins are on the left and the baby is Nephew2|
I have lived away for stretches of time twice in my life and this last time I returned to a man much aged. He still knew me when we returned, but this past year he hasn't been so well. The last time a saw him a few weeks ago he could barely see and hear and no longer remembered who I was. I am glad that we decided to return or I would have missed these past few years with him. On Tuesday afternoon this past week my Grandpa passed away, just over a month shy of his next birthday. Grandpa, I will love you forever and a day. xoxoxo
This is a more sombre story this month but my Grandpa lived a long and happy life. I am sure the rest of the stories this month will be worth a read so head on over with a cup of your favourite beverage.