May 28th is my birthday but it was also my Grandfather’s birthday too.
Sharing a birthday with your grandfather is a special thing. Especially since he loved ice cream so much!
My mother and I lived in an apartment that was within my grandparents large two story home for most of my early years.
He was quite a handsome man and taught me so many things.
Since my father was not in my life until I was eight, grandpa was a father to me.
I will be turning forty-eight, my grandfather would have been ninety-seven.
He passed at an early age in my book, only seventy-nine years.
I always remember him of course, but on our shared birthday I like to celebrate what a wonderful grandfather he was to me.
My grandfather was named James but everyone called him Jim.
To him the perfect birthday would have been eating a sandwich, having an ice cream cone, and tossing the ball back and forth.
It was he who taught me how to play ball, and how to pitch wind up.
I was an excellent pitcher too thanks to him!
He was a soldier in WW2, loved cars, and sports.
We used to set on the front porch for hours watching the cars go by.
He taught me how to identify cars by the sound of the engines.
We would play a game guessing what car was coming up next based on the sound.
He also taught me how to identify the year of the cars by body style.
To this day I have an affinity for old cars.
My grandfather was of Swedish descent and was married to my grandmother of Irish descent for fifty-two years until he passed.
Such a beautiful couple they made.
I spent so many hours of my childhood tossing the ball with him. He went to all of my softball games.
Right up until his passing he did his daily exercises and rode his bike around the neighborhood.
He also kept in touch with friends.
People really loved him.
He was just a really good guy.
My grandfather was a humble man, and he lived a humble life.
He worked hard every day, rarely missing a day in his life.
My grandfather was a janitor at a local high school for as long as I can remember.
Decades he worked cleaning up after high school kids. I can only imagine!
Even the kids liked him.