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05 August 2010 @ 09:36 pm
Grandpa Toad and me  

Grandpa Toad and me, originally uploaded by martinifontaine.

Grandpa Toad was eternally patient, as grandparents go. He taught me how to make a "toddy" when I was 10. Strictly for medicinal purposes, he said. He was a voracious reader. He loved to travel, make things and talk to people. When I last saw him, just after his 96th birthday, he told us all about his mining career, what chemical compounds were used and how they worked. His mind was sharp right up to the end. He was a fantastic story teller.

I love you grandpa. You will be missed.

 
 
 
auntie hallie's sparkling planetauntiehallie on August 13th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
the first thing alejandro and i were going to do together when we got back was visit grampa toad ... i was always sorry that geordie missed gramma babe, when we'd been together a year before she died, so i was not going to make the same mistake, but we were just too late. when i told alejandro, that was the first thing he said (after, 'i'm so sorry') - 'we didn't quite make it in time, did we?'

dammit.
devinafyjoxdevinafyjox on July 23rd, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
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