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    The holidays are fast approaching and the '5 Things' thread got me to thinking about my paternal grandparents. Oh, how I love them and miss them. First generation Italian-Americans, their house was the epitome of the Italian sterotype. Grandma would make me eat until it was coming out my ears and would spoil me rotten! Cathlolic to a fault. In fact she spanked me and told me I would go blind the one time she caught me wanking. Grandpa was an ornery old man who liked the bottle. He enjoyed coffee with a shot of whiskey, two shots if Grandma wasn't looking.

    A funny story from the early 90s: Grandpa had been wanting a VCR for awhile. Grandma finally broke down and bought him one for Christmas. On one on my visits soon thereafter, Grandpa took me aside and asked if I had any "good movies". I said sure and on my next visit, brought him the Godfather trilogy, an old Clint Eastwood spaghetti western and some other film, I can't recall. He seemed disappointed. When I pressed him for details, he said "I was wondering if you had any REAL, good movies. Suddenly, I understood what he meant. Now, <cough, cough> as unaccustomed as I was to pornography , I managed to come up with a couple of tapes for his viewing pleasure. Now, he was in his mid-80s mind you and my wife was extremely against this idea, asking how I would feel, should he suffer a heart attack while viewing said films. Eh, we should all be so lucky to go that way, I figured. Anyway, long story longer, during my next visit, my grandmother pulled me aside and admonished me harshly, telling to stop bringing Grandpa "those sexy movies". I almost died. I denied any knowledge, to which she replied, "oh yes, you do. I go to bed early, and he stays up watching those movies and drinking his beer. Then he comes to bed and thinks he's a young man again!"

    Miss you Grandma and Grandpa!!!
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    Cool story Buckeye.

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    I lost my grandfather in April. He was the greatest man I ever knew.

    One of my favorite stories of him is when he taught me how to drive. He and my grandmother had a large silver Lincoln, which I was constantly driven around in. One day, when it was just he and I, he pulled the car over at the base of a mountain and got out of the car. He walked over to the passenger's side, opened my door and told me to scoot over behind the wheel.

    I was 13 — and mortified.

    Very, very slowly — but surely — I crept that big-ass car across the mountain. Gosh, to my 13-year-old eyes, that car looked and drove like a school bus.

    We made it home, with no apparent driving offenses made on my part.

    As I got older, he lached onto my love for the L.A. Lakers, calling me after every televised game — without fail — to get my opinion on the results. "How 'bout them Lakers," he'd say when I picked up the phone.

    What I wouldn't give to hear that one more time.

    When he passed this year, I asked for one thing: His class of 1951 Emory and Henry College classring. He wore it until his arthritic fingers could no longer take it. To this day, he remains the youngest male ever to graduate with a bachelor's degree from that school — at age 15. Education was so important to him.

    I miss him dearly.

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    Mine's turning 90 this Sunday, and my grandmother is 89... Both enjoying life in their Masonic Lodge Retirement Community...
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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod
    Mine's turning 90 this Sunday, and my grandmother is 89... Both enjoying life in their Masonic Lodge Retirement Community...
    Awesome! Cherish the time!

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    My last living grandparent just passed away saturday.....miss ya Grandma!!!!

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    My paternal grandfather died before my mom was even married to my dad. I do miss the chance growing up with him because talking to my dad he loved to do all the things us brothers love to do. My paternal grandmother died 11 years ago from cancer. Hard on my dad since he was the only child.

    As for my mom's parents, Pa is 91 (gonna be 92 in Feb.) and Grandma is 88 I believe. Get this, they live in Detroit year round and both still drive. I remember driving with Pa once and I felt like I was in Nascar. They don't call him lead-foot Lewy for nothing.

    My wife's maternal grandfather is 90 and still going strong. He still owns 600 acres outside of Jefferson, Iowa but he leases the land and doesn't farm it himself. The few years I have known him I have learned so much on how people are supposed to be raised.

    One thing, I wouldn't have wanted to grow up with any of my grandparents and have them mad at me. The stories my parents and in-laws tell about getting in trouble.

    I give thanks and praise to my grandparents that are no longer here and enjoy the moments I have with my grandparents that are still with me...
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    Hilarious story Buckeye! Three of my four grandparents are still alive. I'm very close to my grandparents on my mom's side. They are my biggest supporters in everything I do, and my grandpa is probably the most admirable person I've ever met. Everytime I call my grandparents they are THRILLED. My grandpa keeps me talking, just about school and stuff. It's interesting how much grandparents mean to some people and don't to others. My grandparents are still with it, kind, loving, etc. I have a great time talking to them, hanging out w/them and hearing their stories, and somehow I'm the only one that ever bothers to call them in my whole family out of me, my sister, and cousins. I fear the day that they are no longer here. I'm sure I'll miss them, but am even more worried about what it will do to my parents. My mom is really close to them, and my dad's father has passed, but believe it or not, he and my mom's father are best friends.

    I love going out to eat with my grandpa to restaurants where they have that bucket of mints where you take one on the way out. He walks up to that bowl, and stuffs his pockets with those mints until they can't hold anymore. I just stand there thrilled, while the hostess or whoever works there looks at him pissed. Then he busts one open, smiles while popping it into his mouth, and says, "That's what they're here for, right?" As if they are going to stop an 85 yr old man from taking all the mints he wants.
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    I was 13 when the last of my 4 grandparents passed away in 1982. I was very young when the other 3 passed on. I remember my grandma on my mother's side used to dip snuff. I can see her now with that little mini spoon digging down in the box and then shoving between her cheek and gum. The memories of her are really the only ones I have. So it's great to read about stories from other people of their grandparents and share their memories. The 2 previous posts (The VCR one, and The one about the MINTS) are hillarious. Thanks to Buckeye for starting this cool thread, and keep all the great stories and memories coming. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by emm5150
    My last living grandparent just passed away saturday.....miss ya Grandma!!!!
    Sorry to hear about that, emm

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    My paternal grandfather is going to be 103 in March (he needs no special care other than a soft diet!). He was truly Forrest Gump. His memories are incredible to listen to. He remembers the ship ride from Europe to Ellis Island when he was 8 - the dense fog as the Stature of Liberty came into view, the terrible conditions on the ship...
    He recalls the hardships of establishing homestead here. They settled near Detroit. He has memories of hitching a ride home from Henry Ford. He lived in an original Ford home in Dearborn until 10 yrs ago (we recently sold it and it has been completely renovated - unrecognizable to me now). He took all of his money out of the bank to take a cross-country driving vacation... the day before the Stock Market Crash - didn't lose a penny. There are tons of stories, and I have had the privledge of video taping him telling them. Now THAT is priceless.
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    My Grandmother passed away in 1993, and Gpa in 2000. I miss them especially at Christmas time! They had the 1st syndicated show in San Diego. Here's them with Ace, their dog who played the piano. Larry (Eberly III) is a direct descendent of William Bradford, of the ship the Mayflower that landed on Plymouth Rock and formed the 1st colony in the USA. Bradford was the governor. No wonder I'm such a freakin Extremist, I've got blue blood! I just looked through the family bible from the 1800's and found a flower that my great great Grandfather pressed in the bible with a love letter to his then fiance. The pressed flower was from George Washington's grave!




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    That's really great Phatie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunya
    That's really great Phatie.
    I'm having a sad moment =( Even phaties get sad. After Grammie died, Gpa never slept in a bed again. He just stayed in his chair, night and day.

    Most of the 8mm film of the show was lost in a house fire, and I went through that stuff pretty good to find it in June. I found a reel that has no writing on it, just need to pick up an 8mm projector.

    Larry grew up with Tennessee Ernie Ford, in Tennessee. They were best friends through grade school. People think of Ernie as an old guy, but in the family pictures, he was young and suave. Gpa got Ernie his first gig on radio and Ford moved to California. I've got the audio at Mom's house on Ernie's first commercial. It was a dealership spot, and he was ringing a cow bell and talking like a complete backwoods hick. What a huckster! I remember the Christmas cards Gpa used to get from Lawrence Welk up until I was about 8. Gpa was in radio all his life, and it was just about the saddest funeral I can remember. We played a tape of him on the air rambling on about the good ol' days when people drove model Ts on dirt roads. ...Someone pass the tissues..
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    This is a trip. I found the family bible from the 1800s with a love letter dated Valentines day 1855 to Sarah Jane Trimble, but the sig line was blacked out. I'm pretty sure it was Duncan writing his wife. I won't put the whole thing up here out of respect for my ancestors, but here's the date, and the flower from Washington's tomb. This is 150 years old!




 

 

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