Time Capsule

By Grandpa Jack* Little capsules of days gone by are all around us. They may be found in old albums in your deceased grandparents’ attic, jottings left in the back of your dad’s rolltop, or random notes or book reviews one’s mom left, as mine did, in an end table by her favorite reading chair.…

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Dad’s Dark Brown Hair

My dad died at age 64. Up until he took his last breath, he was strong and vibrant and funny and loving. And he still had dark brown hair with only a tinge of silver. I was so proud of him for keeping a stiff upper lip, that last year of his life, as he…

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Not Time Yet

She worked as an aide in a nursing home while putting herself through college. The experience made her fall in love with the elderly and decide to make them her life’s work as a nurse. One of the little ladies she especially loved was named Betty, age 94. She had seizures every now and then. The…

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A Caregiver’s Moment of Truth

She was the baby of her family, a darling and carefree child. She double-majored in cuteness and fun. As an adult, she partied and traveled, and everybody loved her. She never married, kind of flitted from job to job, and ran low on dough quite often. She wasn’t the world’s most responsible person sometimes, although…

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Doubleheader

I attended the funeral of a family friend the other day. I sat next to a darling older lady whom I’ve known for years. It was nice to be with a mutual friend as we said goodbye to a very nice person who had lived a long, full life. It’s a fact of elderberry life…

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Vacation Shirt

I love to look at funny T-shirts worn by older men on vacation in touristy locations. They want to have fun with their clothing, but sometimes it’s not too safe to be too funny in your own hometown. This one struck my fancy outside the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. By Susan Darst Williams •…

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Not Very Convenient for Meeee!!!!

Do you have any relatives who just cannot let anything “go”? I mean, when they see anything that’s the least bit offbeat, they HAVE to stop, and stare, and analyze, and tell everyone they know. A sister-in-law of mine has a knack for this. She has a sharp eye for the ironic and ridiculous. She…

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The Light Switch

By Grandpa Jack* It was a lovely family wedding, with a brunch in Omaha the following morning. I bid all a farewell after several caffeinated cups to insure my alertness for the drive home to St. Paul. I decided on a change of scenery and headed up Interstate 29 to join Highway 75 — then…

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Brutally Honest Waiter

The little old lady was on a three-day cross-country car trip, all by herself. After a full day on the road, she was bone weary. She pulled over at a nice-looking motel somewhere in Arizona that was attached to a restaurant. The dinner menu looked OK. The waiter arrived, a teen with tousled hair. “What’s…

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Just Like Florida

The lucky grandchild had just gotten to spend a week in Florida with her grandparents. At 7, she was old enough to see that Florida in the wintertime is a lot nicer place to be than in her Midwestern hometown. Back in the Midwest that January, it was cold. It was gray. The trees were…

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