Grandad With The Twinkly Blue Eyes

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By Jabo
@jaboUK (50721)
United Kingdom
July 26, 2017 10:40am CST
My maternal Grandad was a tall thin man who always seemed to be laughing. As a child I didn't really notice his appearance too much, but looking back through my mind's eye I see twinkly blue eyes set in a weather-beaten face, and a luxuriant moustache above a mouth that always seemed to have a pipe in it. He worked as a gardener at the local 'big house', and his skin was brown and leathery as a result of being out in all weathers. If we visited on a Sunday when he wasn't working, he always found time to play with us three little girls. His pet name for me was 'twinkle-toes', as I was always dancing about. There was a stone wall around the perimeter of his large garden, and a favourite game was for us to run along the top of this wall and then jump off into his waiting arms. Then there were the piggy-back rides with the three of us each clamouring for our turn. (Me next! Me next, Grandad!!). I well remember feeling like 'King of the castle' up on his back. He always seemed to have stubble on his chin, and he would delight in rubbing this against the delicate skin on our cheeks, eliciting squeals and laughter in equal measure. He made a horrible scarecrow to warn off the birds from his vegetables, and he frightened the life out of me once by hiding behind it, then moving it's arms as if to grab me when I walked by. He thought it was hilarious. Grandad with the twinkly blue eyes is long gone, but I hope I've made him live again for a few minutes by writing this. Do you have fond memories of your grandfather?
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@just4him (92365)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Jul
Your grandfather sounds so wonderful and full of life. I have one fond memory of my grandfather, dad's dad. I had been staying with my grandparents for a while and learning to play Silent Night on the piano. I intended to memorize it so I wouldn't need the hymnbook. I also wanted to surprise my parents when they came for Christmas. The day arrived, I was ready and nervous. I sat at the piano and started playing, only to get all lost in the keys and my grandfather shouted at me that I could play it better than that. He should know. I played ever day while he watched his soaps. So I took confidence from that and played it flawlessly for my parents. Were they surprised I could do it.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul
@just4him That's a lovely story Valerie, you could make a post about it
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@just4him (92365)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Jul
@jaboUK I think I did once a while back. Thank you.
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@inertia4 (26882)
• United States
26 Jul
Sounds like a story that should be told in great detail. Also it sounds like a wonderful childhood. Grandparents are wonderful. My parents now will do just about anything for my kids. I guess I am now the forgotten one. LOL.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul
@inertia4 Grandparents are special, aren't they? They seem to have an extra strong bond with their grandkids - when their own kids are young they often don't have enough time.
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@inertia4 (26882)
• United States
26 Jul
@jaboUK Tell me about it. LOL. I am now on the back burner to my kids. But that's cool. I am not complaining. My parents are both still alive and always were good to me.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul
@inertia4 Not everybody can say that their parents were always good to them, though I can too.
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@Nawsheen (22859)
• Mauritius
26 Jul
You shared some very nice moments that you spent with your grandfather. As for me I still visit my grandfather and what I like the most is my grandfather telling us stories about his childhood.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul
@Nawsheen Yes, grandparents tales always seem fascinating, and I'm pleased that you appreciate them.
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@Nawsheen (22859)
• Mauritius
27 Jul
@jaboUK My grandparents have always been there for us and helped whenever necessary. Now it's our turns to stand by their sides and support them.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
27 Jul
@Nawsheen Good for you. They are lucky to have you.
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@DianneN (59710)
• United States
26 Jul
What lovely memories you have of your grandfather. You certainly made him come to life in my eyes. I know I was well loved my my mother's father, but he passed away early. I do have many wonderful memories of my father's father. We drove to Atlanta, Georgia to visit him and years later we visited him many times at his beautiful home on a river in St. Augustine, Florida. He owned a fruit preserving factory and spoiled us with jars and jars of exotic fruits and preserves. He and my grandmother were divorced, but we kept in touch by letters and phone calls inbetween visits. He also gave me my first gold watch, by Longines. It even had a diamond in it. lol. He also made the best tasting steaks I've ever had. He was truly grand to me. His eyes were like twinkling, emerald green pools of water - my inheritance.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul
@DianneN Such a contrast between our grandfathers Dianne - yours the factory owner and mine a gardener. The love seems the same though. It sounds as if your grandfather deserves a post of his own.
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@DianneN (59710)
• United States
26 Jul
@jaboUK Thank you. I wonder if your grandfather provided the fruit for my grandfather? lol Yes, the love is the same!
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
26 Jul
Your grandfather sounds wonderful and I can only imagine how much he loved the three of you. My grandad was great to me too and we had lots of fun times together. The only thing I wasn't so keen on was, when we shared the water washing our hands after being outside or whatever, we'd each have to spit in the water to ensure we didn't have an argument.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul
@JudyEv I've never heard that about the spitting Judy. Perhaps it's a superstition native to your part of the world.
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@JudyEv (101135)
• Bunbury, Australia
27 Jul
@jaboUK I very much doubt it's practised any more!!
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@marlina (62408)
• Canada
26 Jul
You sure succeeded in making your grandpa come alive in my imagination. I do not have fond memories of my 2 grandpas. They had too many grandchildren to even remember who I was.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul
@marlina Oh that's a bit sad, but I'm pleased if I've made my grandpa come 'alive' for you. Thanks.
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@marlina (62408)
• Canada
26 Jul
@jaboUK It was very pleasant to read about your grandfather and I am glad for you that you have such good memories of him
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@allknowing (55811)
• India
27 Jul
I have never seen my grandparents, neither from my mother's side nor from my father's side You atleast have memories to cling on to. .
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
27 Jul
@allknowing I'm sorry you didn't know your grandparents Grace. I've done posts on all four of mine now.
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@bluesa (12836)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
26 Jul
You brought him alive beautifully, Janet! I can picture those twinkly blue eyes and warm and wonderful personality. I never knew either of my Grandad's @jaboUK , I am the youngest of the Grandkids from my generation and they had both passed away.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul
@bluesa That's a shame that you never knew the joy of a grandad Catherine, they can add so much to those childhood days.
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@bluesa (12836)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
28 Jul
@jaboUK I can just imagine. Your description of your Grandad shows what a wonderful impact he had on your childhood days.
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@jstory07 (57943)
• Roseburg, Oregon
27 Jul
I had time with my grandparents all the way into my 30's/ My two grandfathers were good people that would do anthing for you. Loving and carng people.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
27 Jul
@jstory07 Your grandparents sound similar to mine - we were lucky to have them.
@xFiacre (10507)
• Ireland
26 Jul
@jabouk That all sounds quite magical!
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul
@xFiacre Yes, Grandad was a sort of magical figure to me - I never once saw him cross or upset.
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@mom210 (5795)
• Atlanta, Georgia
28 Jul
Those are wonderful memories with your grandfather. Mine passed away when I was just 3, so we did not have much time for memories although we did make a few
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
28 Jul
@mom210 I was lucky to have all my grandparents until I was grown up and married.
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@mom210 (5795)
• Atlanta, Georgia
29 Jul
@jaboUK you have some nice long life lines there. My grandfather passed away at about 55, grandmother was late 50's and my father was 54. I am happy to say my mother is in her early 70's or I would be real nervous heading into my 50's that is for sure.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
29 Jul
@mom210 Oh dear, your family is not known for longevity, I'm glad your mother has bucked the trend.
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@MALUSE (32959)
• Denmark
21 Oct
My grandfather wasn't a very nice man. He was choleric. What I remember about my grandparents is that my grandfather could eat half a pig but always remained slim whereas my grandmother could read a recipe from a cookbook and gained weight! :-)
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct
Lol - that's funny.. I've had several comments today on this old post - do you mind telling me why you picked this one out?
@MALUSE (32959)
• Denmark
21 Oct
@jaboUK I had just mentioned the Heinzelmännchen from the city of Cologne in Germany in a comment. They were dwarves who came secretly at night and did the household chores. This must be the reason why I noticed the pic on the right margin.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search The Heinzelmännchen are a race of creatures appearing in a tale connected with the city of Cologne in Germany. Heinzelmännchen-diorama Heinzelmännchenbrunnen Detail of the Heinzelmännchenbru
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct
@MALUSE Oh ok, but that doesn't explain the other commenters. I suppose they see it in one person's 'activity' list, and decide to look at it themselves.
@PainsOnSlate (19237)
• Canada
19 Oct
I loved your story and sorry I missed it when you wrote it. My mother's dad was a dairy farmer, I don't remember much of him, he was working the farm a lot but I do remember his laugh. I can still hear it, it was beautiful and loud!
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
19 Oct
@PainsOnSlate It's funny what sticks in our memories, isn't it?
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
20 Oct
@PainsOnSlate Your Gran sounds such fun Marilyn
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@ilocosboy (33293)
• Philippines
27 Jul
Wow nice memory of your grandad. I don't have much memory of my lolo but when we are selling rootcrops in the market.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
27 Jul
@ilocosboy Sorry you don't remember too much about your grandad, but at least you have the market memories.
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@ilocosboy (33293)
• Philippines
27 Jul
@jaboUK that was very long time ago, maybe 35 years ago.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
27 Jul
@ilocosboy Well I'm going back about 70 years for this post!
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@Lucky15 (33691)
• Philippines
26 Jul
I grew up with our paternal grandad. he would cooked for us, plant bananas for us to have some to eat.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul
That must have been good @Lucky15 .
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul
@Lucky15 That's the best way to go.
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• Pamplona, Spain
21 Oct
He was always asleep in the chair whenever I saw him. He was a Miner then and too tired when he got home and fell asleep for hours.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
21 Oct
@lovinangelsinstead21 That's a pity, so you never really got to know him?
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@SIMPLYD (75375)
• Philippines
3 Aug
It's so nice of you that you still remember your grandfather in his days. What I can fondly recall of our grandfather on my father side is that he is an intelligent man. He is so fond of gathering us cousins and would make quizzes in English and whoever got the highest will have a reward. On my mother side, I remember our grandfather as a very kind and generous man. He would always take us to the river and we would all have fun swimming there under his guidance. Gone they maybe, our grandfathers have left very nice memories to all their grandchildren.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
3 Aug
@SIMPLYD I'm glad that you have some lovely memories of your grandfather, just like me.
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@SIMPLYD (75375)
• Philippines
3 Aug
@jaboUK We are lucky we are loved by them.
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@velvet53 (15379)
• Palisade, Colorado
29 Jul
Wasn't it great to have a grandfather that had time to play with you and yes scare you. My grandfather was a lot like yours so your story was very touching in a great way.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
1 Aug
@velvet53 I'm pleased that your grandfather was similar to mine, and that you can relate to this.
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@velvet53 (15379)
• Palisade, Colorado
1 Aug
@jaboUK Your post is very special to me cause it brought back many wonderful memories.
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@bunnybon7 (33135)
• Holiday, Florida
29 Jul
i sure do. my grand dad also smoked a pipe. but no mustache . he had dark eye and spoke very little but when he did say something you knew it was a truth. my grandmother was such a gabber that he said if ask why he never talked much, "Fanny talks enough for both of us" and when he passed away, all of his 11 children each swore they was his favorite. i think that says a lot about a parent. even some of the grandkids said he favored them more .
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
29 Jul
@bunnybon7 Your grandfather sounds like a lovely man, very special.
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@bunnybon7 (33135)
• Holiday, Florida
29 Jul
@jaboUK most were special those days. too bad so much has changed with people today. we should all strive to be more like those loving grands of long back. i try and make my family feel that way but it is harder today. my family is so strung from one state to another so can't be close enough. to all
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@dgobucks226 (6818)
27 Jul
I do, he used to take us fishing when we visited. Those memories always stay with you. I actually caught my first catfish when he took my brother and I lake fishing. Sounds like your Grandad was a wonderful man.
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@jaboUK (50721)
• United Kingdom
28 Jul
@dgobucks226 It seems like you had fun with your grandad, the same as I did with mine.
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28 Jul
@jaboUK Oh yes, He was very good to us. Funny and kind.
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