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    I'm fortunate enough to still have three living grandaprents.  One of my grandmothers has Alzheimer's.  She can't remember what she had for breakfast today, but if I ask her about her youth, she often dredges up a memory, so it's health for me to ask her.

    My other grandmother still has her marbles, but when I asked her what she remembered about Winston Churchill she said, "What a windbag!"

    My only living grandfather is getting on in years though, and he has a lot of really important stories and life experiences to convey.  He was in Patton's army, and he was trapped behind enemy lines during WWII and had to be hidden in a French Farmhouse.

    I keep reminding myself to interview him, but I always seem to get too busy.  Your diary gave me a wake-up call that I should get on that right away.

    Stephanie Dray
    of Jousting for Justice, a lefty blog with a Maryland tilt.

    by stephdray on Sun Jan 20, 2008 at 06:38:41 PM PST

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    •  Please do! (5+ / 0-)

      You won't regret it.

      My Grandad is writing his life story believe it or not.
      Keeps him busy!
      My dad told him yesterday, well don't you think you better hurry up on it?
      Everyone started laughing...I guess you kinda had to be there.

      Now that everyone is grown up, I feel like I am more my dad and grandads contemporary...does that make sense?

      In my eulogy to my grandmother:

      The thing I remember most about Grandma though is the sense that she was my contemporary. I didn’t see the outer shell, the elderly woman that her body had become. I saw the young girl that was her soul. The young woman who understood our hopes and dreams. Who always treated us with kindness and patience. And with Grandma’s passing so ends an era. An era that saw cinnamon rolls in plastic bread wrappers, Grandkids wanting a coveted spot at the adult table,  playing pool in their basement,  a silver Christmas tree with the 4 color lights, homemade canned green beans, Uncle Dales blinding light when he videotaped at Christmas, Grandma running off bullies for Mark and Brad, our love for going to the lake, a backyard that was a garden and Grandads famous "Down in Front!". We gather today to celebrate Grandma’s life. But we really do mourn the passing of our friend.

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