The Road to Sixty – Day 166
The Day after Christmas… back to work, catch those post Christmas sales, take back the fruitcake and…..
Of which I did none of the above save eating a ham sandwich. We did have a pleasant surprise with the Danae and Zach coming through Nashville with his family. So you don’t give up a chance to see the grandkids right?
Even for only a couple of hours it was great to visit with all of them.
I have been doing a lot of reflecting recently as I have been going through some family items. Finding Dads discharge papers from the Army, High school diplomas and this shirt.
It’s just a shirt right? Well if you know me everything has a story.
So here you go!
It was in March of 1979. I was home for Spring Break from Freed-Hardeman. I had spent the week visiting my Grandmama and Grandaddy Bittle. I had a great time being with them(they lived next door.)
On Friday Morning I was to go to Huntsville Al. and bowl in a Jr. League National tournament. It was to be my last tournament to bowl in as an 18 year old. Mom had this jersey made for me especially for this event.
However, I never wore it.
You see after a great week with my Grandparents, especially Grandaddy, (I spent a lot of time with him) he passed away suddenly that Friday morning. My heart was broken.
That has been now over 40 years ago. I found this jersey in the bottom of my closet while going through some things. Mom had put it away for safe keeping.
While I still remember the pain of that day, I remember with joy the life that touched me through my Grandaddy.
Thanks Mom for keeping this for me!