Remembering Gramps

October 26, 2022 at 11:16 am 37 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 28 October 2022

Bill Reynolds
Photo Credit: Bill Reynolds

 
Back in the day, Gramps used to sit on this chair. He looked so old with gray hair and all. Still, I adored him listening to his adventures and places he had been to when he was young.

Gramps was a smoker, a drinker, and a womanizer. Mom thought she was the only child only to find out that she had half-siblings. He was the complete opposite of Dad who was strict and a disciplinarian.

The chair belongs to me now but doesn’t have many interesting stories to tell to the kids. After all, I grew up taking after Dad.
 

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37 Comments Add your own

  • 1. neilmacdon  |  October 26, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    May you have more good stories to tell

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    • 2. plaridel  |  October 26, 2022 at 5:25 pm

      neil:

      perhaps after a few more years… πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 3. Alicia Jamtaas  |  October 26, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    I think Dad is the better way to go.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  October 26, 2022 at 5:25 pm

      alicia:

      it looks like it. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 5. beth  |  October 27, 2022 at 12:57 am

    well done

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    • 6. plaridel  |  October 27, 2022 at 10:38 am

      beth:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you for reading.

      Reply
  • 7. Iain Kelly  |  October 27, 2022 at 1:47 am

    An interesting contrast. Perhaps a halfway house between Dad and Gramps would be best!

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    • 8. plaridel  |  October 27, 2022 at 10:38 am

      iain:

      absolutely. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 9. Keith's Ramblings  |  October 27, 2022 at 6:37 am

    I wonder what tales the kids will tell when they inherit the chair. Nice one.

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    • 10. plaridel  |  October 27, 2022 at 10:37 am

      keith:

      only the future can tell. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 11. rochellewisoff  |  October 27, 2022 at 6:41 am

    Dear Plaridel.

    Good character beats a good story any day. Nicely done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 12. plaridel  |  October 27, 2022 at 10:37 am

      rochelle:

      your generous comment is deeply appreciated. please check the video that i had added. πŸ™‚

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      • 13. rochellewisoff  |  October 27, 2022 at 10:46 am

        Love the video. I’d never heard Willie Nelson’s version.

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        • 14. plaridel  |  October 28, 2022 at 11:01 am

          rochelle:

          i’m glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

          Reply
  • 15. elmowrites  |  October 27, 2022 at 7:25 am

    Sounds like both Gramps and Dad had their failings. But then, don’t we all?
    Took me a moment to figure out who was ‘he’ in the womaniser sentence; not a major issue but just I read it as Dad being the smoking, drinking disciplinarian, until I got to Mum’s siblings.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  October 27, 2022 at 10:37 am

      jen:

      i rewrote it a little bit for clarity. thanks. πŸ™‚

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      • 17. elmowrites  |  October 28, 2022 at 7:30 am

        Love it – smooth change adds clarity without taking anything away.

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        • 18. plaridel  |  October 28, 2022 at 10:59 am

          jen:

          i’m glad you liked it. thanks again. πŸ™‚

          Reply
  • 19. poetisatinta  |  October 27, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Great story πŸ™‚

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    • 20. plaridel  |  October 27, 2022 at 10:36 am

      poetisatinta:

      thank you for reading. i’m glad you liked it. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 21. dorahak  |  October 27, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    I wonder if Gramps wasn’t the reason Mom picked a husband that was quite the opposite. Can’t say I blame her!

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    • 22. plaridel  |  October 28, 2022 at 11:00 am

      dora:

      she did for obvious reasons. πŸ™‚

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  • 23. Tannille  |  October 27, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    I hope he recorded all those wonderful stories.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  October 28, 2022 at 10:59 am

      tannille:

      i’m afraid he didn’t.

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  • 25. susanrouchard  |  October 28, 2022 at 3:36 am

    thanks Plaridel for your memories of “Gramps”. Very vivid.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  October 28, 2022 at 10:59 am

      susan:

      thanks for reading and commenting. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 27. Brenda's Thoughts  |  October 28, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    There are many ways to have adventures. I’m sure his dad had a few as well and the older he grows, he’ll have his own. Very nostalgic!

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    • 28. plaridel  |  October 31, 2022 at 9:23 am

      brenda:

      great point to consider. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 29. granonine  |  October 29, 2022 at 4:58 am

    The story, the singer, and the song–a perfect match-up.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  October 31, 2022 at 9:23 am

      linda:

      if you say so. thanks for the kind comment. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 31. msjadeli  |  October 29, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    I wonder what the young’ns will tell when it is their turn in the chair. Nice layered storytelling, Plaridel.

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    • 32. plaridel  |  October 31, 2022 at 9:23 am

      msjadeli:

      only the future can tell. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 33. Bill  |  October 30, 2022 at 9:10 am

    Indeed, scallywags make the most interesting stories, after the fact. Well told.

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    • 34. plaridel  |  October 31, 2022 at 9:22 am

      bill:

      i totally agree. πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • 35. Na'ama Yehuda  |  October 31, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Less stories, more morals, perhaps … πŸ˜‰

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    • 36. plaridel  |  November 2, 2022 at 9:26 pm

      na’ama:

      that’s one way of looking at it. . πŸ™‚

      Reply

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