Tuesday, August 5, 2008
The things I will remember most about Grandpa is that though he is a very quiet man, when he does speak it's usually to tell a joke or add an important piece of the conversation that's missing. They both grew up on farms in Southern MN and lived on her family farm during the early years of their marriage. Grandpa likes to tell the story of how he first me Grandma, saying he picked her up on the side of the road. See, he knew her brother Paul, and he was driving by them with his date on the way to a dance when he saw Paul and Ruth on the side of the road with car troubles. Grandpa was bout 25 and she about 18 I think. She was married at 19 and the rest is history.
When I lived with them in GA for the summer after my Mom died, I remember loving to go with Grandpa to the donut shop early in the morning. It seems to me he would go most every day and sit with the guys and have a coffee and donut. I remember hopping into his truck and that there were always lemon drops (his favorite) in the glove compartment. Oh and if Grandma and I made egg salad sandwhiches for lunch and a piece of shell fell in, she would say "that's ok, Grandpa likes it crunchy." They lived in GA most of my growing up, Grandpa ran his own business selling farm machinery, not retiring until his 70's. He was a tall, very strong man and always had the darkest "farmer" tan.
I love you Grandpa!