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Old 26 November 2013, 03:34 PM
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Icon204 Grandpa's Birthday

Don't know how glurgy this is, but it gets dragged out every now and then, seems appropriate for the holidays.

Yesterday was an old man's birthday. He was 91. He awakened earlier than usual, bathed, shaved and put on his best clothes. Surely they would come today, he thought.
He didn't take his daily walk to the gas station to visit with the old-timers of the community, because he wanted to be right there when they came.
He sat on the front porch with a clear view of the road so he could see them coming. Surely they would come today.
He decided to skip his noon nap because he wanted to be up when they came.
He has six children.
Two of his daughters and their married children live within four miles. They hadn't been to see him for such a long time. But today was his birthday. Surely they would come today.
At suppertime he refused to cut the cake and asked that the ice cream be left in the freezer. He wanted to wait and have desert with them when they came.
About 9 o'clock he went to his room and got ready for bed. His last words before turning out the lights were, 'Promise to wake me up when they come."
It was his birthday and he was 91.

Pretty sad, isn't it? No mention of Jesus or puppies, though I'm sure that's just an oversight. I think I saw one version with the old man stroking his cat.
It is sad about old people being alone, especially on holidays, but this did seem a tad much. Can we say "Christmas Shoes" boys and girls? I know you could.
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Old 26 November 2013, 04:01 PM
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Surely his children would take one day and forget how he would come home drunk and lock them in the dark in the woodshed overnight.
Surely they could forgive how he would refuse to see one of his granddaughters because she was gay.
Surely they could take one day to ignore his rants about how his daughter had contaminated his seed by daring to marry and have children with a negro.
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Old 26 November 2013, 04:38 PM
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I remember reading this, or one very similar, in print, in the days before the internet. I think it might have been in column like "Dear Abby" or "Ann Landers" or such.

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Old 26 November 2013, 04:41 PM
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Interestingly, Dear Abby and Ann Landers were the first places I read anyone suggest not judging adults who didn't visit their elderly parents, because they might have good reason.
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Old 26 November 2013, 04:45 PM
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I might have misremembered the source, but it does predate internet.

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Old 26 November 2013, 04:48 PM
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I didn't mean to suggest you didn't read it there. What I'm remembering might have been part of a response to a letter like that.
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Old 26 November 2013, 05:09 PM
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Here's a source that claims it was written by a Rudy Joe Mano and printed in Ann Landers:

http://www.creators.com/advice/annie...-birthday.html

This allowed me to find a link in google news:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?ni...g=4431,1643133

ETA: Made into a short film:
http://www.amazon.com/Grandfathers-B.../dp/B005CF15JI
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Old 26 November 2013, 07:41 PM
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D'oh!

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He wanted to wait and have desert with them...
That's only just.
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Old 26 November 2013, 07:53 PM
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It is sad about old people being alone, especially on holidays, but this did seem a tad much.
Of course, he's not alone. There is at least one other person there. Otherwise, who did he ask to leave the ice cream in the 'fridge and who was going to wake him when they came. And he's only that level of "alone" because he didn't go see people.
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