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Today is an anniversary of sorts, actually on two counts. Good anniversaries, in their way, though some may wonder about the one. Over time from when the second event occured, I've come to greatly appreciate the co-incidence of it and the first.

Because it does bring me to meditate, this two-counts anniversary.

In 1976 on a weekend afternoon my parents called. Orlando marked my place of residence at the time, winding down my enlistment in the US Navy. When the call came I stopped sorting through some contact prints of recent photographs; the kitchen of the little apartment I lived in at the time served as my darkroom. That's another story.

They called to tell me that my grandfather, my Dad's father, died on Monday. He'd lived 96 years, and I'd not seen him since shortly after I'd enlisted in the Navy and left Michigan. So it is my recollection, five days post event being notified of this transition. I commented that Granddad died on my birthday to my Mom, and she replied that's why they didn't call right at the time.

Gramps was the only grandfather I really knew. Mom's father died before I was born. Gramps lived on the shore of Lake Huron. I learned how to swim there, how to shoot a rifle, that sometimes hard work is necessary, not to mess with snapping turtles, and that heat lightning may not be accompanied by thunder. Gramps passed a great skill with tools and machinery on to his son and grandsons; there's types of machines I don't care to work on, but I know how. Maybe I'll pass on details later, still, every time I use my windshield defroster I say thanks to Gramps for designing the first one to replace a lit candle in the windshield. Yes, I mean the very first forced-hot-air windshield defroster.

Here's to you, Gramps. Birth, Death, Life.

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quietdarkness
Sep. 13th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
Such a beautiful tribute written on a day when you should be celebrating your own birthday.

Happy Birthday, by the way!!

One of the things that nursing has taught me, mainly because I've worked L&D and urology/oncology my entire career is that there is a grand circle of life, much larger than anything that I can comprehend. I've seen enough birth and enough death to be convinced of it.

jehannamama
Sep. 13th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Having braved Ohio winters, I'd like to thank your Gramps, too.

He sure improved my quality of life for many years. Probably saved a lot of lives, in the bargain, making driving safe in winter.
madshutterbug
Sep. 13th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
Hudson Motor Company. :)
ex_tawneelyn258
Sep. 13th, 2006 05:29 pm (UTC)
hugs
kasheesty
Sep. 13th, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
Wow! The first defroster?! I'm gonna be thanking him from now on!
Very cool post indeed, thanks for sharing it.

and a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you,sir.

Got special plans?
madshutterbug
Sep. 13th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
Keep on breathing?
kasheesty
Sep. 13th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
That's always worked well for me!

That, and throw in plenty o' laughter! ; ^ )
i_amsherlocked
Sep. 14th, 2006 03:37 am (UTC)
good plan! Happy birthday! ::hugs:: ::raises waterbottle in honor of your gramps!::
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