A proud grandfather gets to hang out with his grandson

Real Estate Agent with The Castle Team at Maximum One Realty Greater Atlanata GA 271818 FL SL3034232

A Proud Grandfather gets to hang out with his Grandson

It seemed so long ago that I drove my eldest grandson to the recruiting office in Douglasville, GA to start his Army Career, but it has been just a year.  Now after a two week leave at home, I was again driving  my oldest grandson somewhere, this time to his home base near Savannah.  What a special treat for me to go on a road trip and spend 5 hours in a car, the two of us talking, reminiscing and just hanging out.

This time together was especially important to me because in just a few days he will be going on his first deployment with his unit.  You see he’s an Army Ranger Ranger Scrollin the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment (Airborne) and deployment isn’t just a romp in the woods.  For them it’s serious work.   Being a grandpa who has been deployed himself in another war over 40 years ago, it’s a scary time of waiting for him to return and wondering what he's doing while he's gone.  I’m sure it’s exactly how my parents felt especially my dad who in another war, 25 years before, was also deployed.

Did I mention that I'm also very proud!  At 19 years old he's the youngest Ranger in his unit.  To me it's quite an accomplishment, but to him it's what he's wanted to do since he was in the 6th grade when a soldier spoke at his school.

So for 5 hours we talked, laughed continued to make memories and had a good time.

 Stopping for lunch created the opportunity for another memory maker.



A recently harvested cotton field at the end of the parking lot where we decided to have lunch left a remnant for this Yankee boy to get the chance to be a cotton picker. 



Once we got to the base my grandson gave me a tour that I really enjoyed.

 His barracks (a lot nicer than I remember mine to be)



 The Ranger Playground

Ranger playground


Ranger Memorial

43 Heroes of the 75th Ranger Regiment (Airborne) gave their lives since their activation of on January 31, 1974.  They are remembered here amongst the Rangers quarters on base. 


Ranger Memorial  

Ranger Memorial

We even had time for a trip to the beach

The weather cooperated just long enough to take a few pictures at Tybee Pier


Tybee Pier



Another memory we made was a relaxing dinner with my grandson and his friend at Tondee’s Tavern on East Bay Street, which just opened that night.  Swapping war stories and just enjoying each other and getting to meet a new friend who also enjoyed Z Cars.

Morning came quickly and after a huge breakfast at a little out of the way local restaurant it was time to leave.   I thought back to when I left for Viet Nam and wondered if my dad and mom had the same lump in their throat that I did.   We hugged each other as we often do, I imparted my usual wise grandfatherly saying…”Make wise choices” and I started the trip back home.  5 hours in a car is a long time when you’re alone with your thoughts.  I was missing him already and looking forward to our next road trip.  Godspeed to my Grandson.


Comments (16)

Linda K. Mayer
License # 01767321 - La Verne, CA

Pete, How awesome and how proud you must be.  It's exciting that you got to spend five hours with him and make more memories.  

Jan 24, 2013 05:42 AM
Kathy Stoltman
Balboa Real Estate - Ventura, CA
Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793

Memories for a lifetime for you and your grandson.

Jan 24, 2013 06:50 AM
Mike Cooper, Broker VA,WV, MD
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

God bless you, Pete, and God bless the new Ranger in the family.  Please convey my appreciation for what he is doing, and Godspeed Ranger.

Jan 24, 2013 07:02 AM
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

What a wonderful memory making trip to share with us Pete with your grandson. Well told, excellent pictures. The cycle of life continues and I wish him well.

Jan 24, 2013 07:05 AM
Tammie White, Broker
Franklin Homes Realty LLC - Franklin, TN
Franklin TN Homes for Sale

Pete, I was so moved by your story. I will keep your grandson in my prayers. Godspeed to him and you.

Jan 24, 2013 10:05 AM
Jim Crawford
Maximum One Executive REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Jim Crawford Atlanta Best Listing Agents & REALTOR

God bless you all and may he watch over all of you that have served and are serving this nation!

Jan 24, 2013 10:42 AM
Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi
The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Lodi - Lodi, CA
The Nines Team in Lodi

Pete - Thanks for sharing and reminding us that there are many more lives impacted that just our service people.  We owe them and their families more than we would ever be able to tell.  It seems that for at least three generations, your family have helped to keep us safe and proud!  Blessings on all of you!

Jan 24, 2013 11:26 AM
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Pete:  I'm glad that you had this time with your grandson.  It's to be cherished, for sure.  He and his grandpa ... your entire family .. will remain in my thoughts and certainly in my prayers.  I hope he is home safe again and sound soon ...


Jan 24, 2013 11:42 AM
Joel Weihe
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits

What a lucky and proud Grand dad you must be. Cherish those moments!!

Jan 24, 2013 01:16 PM
Stephanie Stringer
First Choice Loan Services NMLS#210764 - San Antonio, TX
Mortgage Loan Originator
That is so awesome. Cherish those wonderful memories!
Jan 24, 2013 07:07 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Pete, what an opportunity to make new memories to last until you see your grandson again. He will be able to share some great stories with his children and grandchildren about the memories with his granddad.

Jan 24, 2013 09:37 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Good stuff....I like the whole concept and that Ranger Playground will make them all super stars in a few short months.

Jan 24, 2013 10:14 PM
Ridhi Raheja
Movement Mortgage (Illinois) - Naperville, IL
FHA, 203k, VA, Jumbo, PreApproval, Jumbo Home Loan

Hi Pete.. That's so sweet.. Spending quality time with your grandson before his deployment is something that would somehow give strength and inspiration to him. You must be a proud Grandpa and he too, a proud grandson! 

Jan 24, 2013 11:42 PM
Paul McFadden
Responsive Pest Control - Seattle, WA
Pest Control, Seattle, WA.

Very cool. Thanks for sharing. I get to hang out with my grandsons tomorrow although they're much younger. The 3 and 1 year old leave me exhausted! Thanks again!

Jan 25, 2013 12:20 AM
Linda K. Mayer
License # 01767321 - La Verne, CA
Awesome job, Pete!
Jan 25, 2013 03:27 AM
Scott Larson
BHHS/Utah Properties - Park City, UT
Park City, Utah Real Estate News

Pete, I can not imagine how proud you must be.  Cherish those memories.  That "playground" is a bit out of my league at my age I think, I'll leave that to the kids.

Feb 01, 2013 08:20 AM