I've actually been writing this blog for over a year now, and I have to admit it has been hard. My grandfather was some what of a quiet person when it came to his past, where he came from, and what he had done. But, to me, it was important.
This was my grandfather on my mom's side and he gave me lots of great memories. From my point of view he was a very complex person, but I loved him just the same. He loved to drive his speed boat fast, but he seemed to hate the water. I never once saw him get in to a lake or river.
He never owned a fast car, rather he owned more Model T and Model A's that had a top speed of about 15 mph. As a kid, I thought it was so cool to ride around town in those cars, because everyone looked and waved. I really liked the one with the rumble seat in the back, I felt like I was on parade.
He loved to work with wood and made some of the greatest children's toys on earth! He started a company called Wood'n Things in the 1970's and my kids are still playing with some of these toys today! They stood up longer than any of my other toys from my childhood. Yet, he always seemed to act like kids were pests. I know it was an act, because I could see his smile when he watched us play with those toys. I truly think he could have made anything from wood, if I had just asked for it.
I loved going to his house, because we always got to play with hammers and drills and just do the things boys love to do. I never did catch on how to make great wooden things like he did, but I still enjoyed watching him work.
It wasn't until his death that I found out about my grandfather and grandmother and how they met and the history of him being in World War II. I just never heard a single story of those days. It saddens me to think how much history was lost upon his passing, but I still talk to friends of his and try to find out what I can about my Grandfather.