A Simply Wonderful Memory of a Man

I started blogging about a year ago now.  It's been a wonderful outlet for me.  Perhaps, truly one of my only hobbies in the busy life of being a wife, mom, and engineer.  Just for kicks, I looked back at that first official blog post this morning.  It was no coincidence.  Today is the birthday of the the man about whom I first blogged; my grandfather.  It wouldn't be a stretch to say that he was the inspiration for this entire blog.  I loved that man so, and still do to this day.

A few years ago, a while after his passing, a niece for whom he endeavored to build a clock found a letter he had written to her in the process.  (I have no idea how many clocks he built in his lifetime, but each and every one of them is a work of art...and even moreso, a legacy.)  She forwarded the letter to Grandpop's sister, knowing she would enjoy reading it.  Aunt Myrtle then passed it on to my father who scanned and emailed it on to me for the same reason.

All I have to do when I need a smile is open that email and look at his carefully executed draftsman handwriting.  I have a chuckle at his cynical humor which is not terribly unlike my own.

I am blessed with the simple pleasure that is and was the privilege of knowing my grandfather.

Here is the letter (I apologize, but you'll have to click to enlarge the text):

Won't you take the time to notice your simple pleasure today?

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An Imperfect Momma said...

That was cool to read. Brought a smile on my face too. Thanks for sharing

Sherri said...

I love these old letters! We just don't have that in this generation, with emails and texts. I have many letters I have saved from grandparents and others, and just the way that they write is endearing.

Dayle said...

This made me smile, Jennie. What a perfect simple pleasure.

Denise said...

What a sweet letter. I can see why you would cherish it. My dad left each of us a letter and I often reread it. What a wonderful simple pleasure!

Debbie said...

I love this!

As I read the letter (and of course, I just HAD to read it) I thought how much his writer's voice reminded me of yours. I think that you carry much of him in you, and I'm not just saying that to be all poetic and sappy.

One day, your own grandchildren are going to read this little blog of yours and get a picture of the young Jennie. I wonder if any of them will discover that THEY are much like YOU.

Pretty cool to consider.
Great post.
You blog is one of my simple pleasures, btw.

Chatty Crone said...

Jennie - you couldn't be more correct - don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today - enjoy the day with all it's simple pleasures.


Mevely317 said...

I've a hunch your Grandfather's just "bustin' his buttons" with pride right now.
I think remembering ...and re-telling is one of the neatest things we can do for those we've loved and lost.

T's Daily Treasures said...

How wonderful to have this letter of your grandfather's, especially in this technological age. It's so nice to have something to look back on and cherish and the memories of a special relationship make it even more meaningful. Wishing you all the best, Tammy

dee dee said...

My grandfather holds such a dear place in my heart as well! thank you for sharing your wonderful simple pleasure! dee dee

Ms.Daisy said...

I wish I'd had a letter from my grandfather...I know I would cherish it!


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