My family has been spending Zoom time together at least twice a month during the pandemic. Initially it proved difficult to organize a day convenient with everyone’s schedule but after just one call, we all welcomed such great family time with one another. It’s been amazing and has prompted sharing of stories that may have otherwise never been told. This past Sunday the younger generations were amused to hear a surprising tale about our great-grandfather, whose 102 years lived taught us all about the blessing of family.
My great grandfather was a very protective family man who truly commanded respect. He and my great grandmother were married over 60 years and I considered them the perfect picture of love. One holiday season they attended a Christmas celebration at their senior center and upon arrival things took an interesting turn. As they were walking towards the venue, three male party guests standing near the door commented on my great grandmother’s appearance saying something like “Now that’s a good looking woman!” Well my great grandfather, all 85 years of him, walked over to that man, took him by the arm and warned “If you ever disrespect my wife again I will kick your ass.” We were shocked and laughing for a good while when I blurted “Papa was gangster!”
I could actually write a book about my great grandfather and wish I’d been wise enough to record his personal stories, in his voice, to pass down my family line. He was always jovial and told stories of his life we all thought far-fetched yet entertaining. One of my most cherished photos is of my Papa at 101 years, holding and softly singing to my 2 month old son, keeping him totally captivated.
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