Just some thoughts:
Recently I was driving one of my old cars when I was made to think of a line that was once said to me by one of our grandsons. That line and the remembrance makes me smile. More than smile, laugh.
Often over the years I would pick up our grand kids from school, ball practice, music lessons, you name it we have done such. Often I would pick them up in one of my old cars. Over the past twelve to fifteen years I have owned a number of old cars. Numerous corvettes (currently have a ’65), Thunderbird’s (currently have a ’55–the picture is the one I now have) and often I would pick them up driving one of those old cars.
Along with the pick up generally I would take them to my coffee place for their chocolate milk and cookies. Or sometimes to get ice cream. I must confess I have bribed them with “if you go with me to the library and get a book” then we will go get ice cream. Interesting what a little bribe does.
This one day I was picking up one of our grandson’s. He was about twelve or thirteen years old at the time. On this day I had sat in the school pick-up line and I was driving one of my old Corvettes. Top down enjoying the weather and I hear the dismissal bell ring. Gangbusters, it looks like Patton and his tanks coming across the desert. Here they come.
Our grandson gets in and I begin with the usual questioning, “How was school today,etc.” I get the usual, a look, a mumble and “Ok.” We drive a bit and then our grandson says, “Pop Pop nice car here isn’t it?” “Yes, yes it is.” “You really like old cars don’t you.” Again a “Yes.”
Now I can see him studying, he becomes quite, pauses and then says to me, “Pop Pop I got a question for you” “OK on the question,” I say, “What’t the question?” Now keep in mind the lad is a mere twelve/ thirteen years old. He says to me, “Pop Pop where would I fall in the line of inheritance regarding this car?”
Before I can reply he says, “Well, hey my mom is you and Mimi’s oldest child so that means she would get it, right?” After I recover a minute, I then said to him, “Well what about Mimi she would be the one to get it wouldn’t she?” He then looks at me with great puzzlement and says, “Ah, don’t let her have it, she’d never drive it.”
I guess negotiations can start these days at an early age. Hum…I wonder who will want the framed Larry Bird signed jersey?
June 24, 2018
Posted October 9,2018