2006 12/06

Those moments

There are moments in life that you just know you will never forget.  Those memories you reflect back on when you’re feeling lonely or sad, when you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, or that are triggered by a sound or smell.  For a lot of people, those moments come when you get married or welcome your child into the world.  While those moments are memorable for me as well, I tend to remember those small, almost insignificant, moments.  One of those moments happened to me this past week while I was visiting my grandparents:

One evening, after dinner, I was sitting in the living room of my grandparents home watching TV.  My grandfather sat down on the couch, next to my chair, with his bowl of ice cream.  He had offered to dish me out a bowl earlier but I declined.  As he mixed his vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, he asked me again if I wanted a bite.  I replied, “No thanks, I’m still full from dinner.”  Then, in his sweet and sly humor, without missing a beat or taking his eyes off of his bowl, he said, “Well, I was only going to give you a small bite.” And he smiled, taking another bite of ice cream.

A bit later, after my parents had returned with their ice cream, they offered some to me.  Before I could reply to the offer my grandpa said, “I offered her some of mine but she didn’t want any.”  I said, “Yup, but he offered only a small bite.”  To that he replied, between bites of his meted ice cream, “And I wasn’t going to let her hold the spoon either.”

The funny thing, my grandpa would have given me that whole bowl of ice cream if I had wanted it.  It was just one of those moments that reminded me of the amazing relationship I have with my grandparents.  My grandpa is not this cold, crass old man.  He is this sweet, caring, fun-loving person who would do anything for anyone and acts like he’s still 20, even though he’s pushing 80.

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