What I remember about Grandpa by Mike Petty
Contributor: hbooth2 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
He was a very, very good to me. One time I was at grandmas and grandpas, I remember very time I was there I always had the greatest feeling. Now I am older the feeling I had I know was a bit of heaven. Grandpa had great skills for making kids be amazed. He knew how to take his pocket knife and whittle/carve something out of wood. So, this time I was at grandpa's, he made me a small sail boat, it was more like a canoe with a sail in the middle of it. I am sure it wasn't more than 6-8 inches in length and probably 5-6 inches tall. He made the sail boat out on the porch of his and grandma's home in Provo near Prices Ice Cream shop on center street. How could I forget Prices'. Well, I watch him carve the whole thing and was totally amazed the whole time. I was so excited when he finished and he handed it to me. I ran to the ditch in front of there home and like always there was water in it. I put my sail boat in and stood there watching sail down the ditch until it went under ground and of course went back to grandpa and ask him to make me another one. He shook his head and got out his knife and started carving again. I thought he was making a different kind of sail boat. But, it turned out totally different. It was a jumping jack man between two carved straight sticks. It would jump around as you did something to the sticks, I can't remember if you squeezed them or moved them to make the jumping jack man jump. This entertained me the rest of the day. I remember how grandpa always wore a hat. I loved that hat.
One time my older brother, Dennis and I was staying over knight at grandma's and grandpa's. I was so exciting we got to sleep on the couch. They lived in a one bedroom house. We were listening to the radio (I think TV was barely invented at that time mid fifties) in the front living room. Grandpa was sitting in a comfortable chair, It might have been a rocking chair, but I don't know, because he wasn't rocking. But, what he was doing was the most fascinating things I have ever seen. He was making a beaded belt. He was an artist, the greatest I know. He was beading a belt with Indian designs on it. I would what him for hours. He bead one for me. I wish I still had it, but don't because I was young and don't think of it the way I do now.
Also I remember something very different about grandpa. I don't mean anything bad about this, but it is a little bit unusual. I tell because it is a big part of my life and I feel bad that if grandpa had what I have today he would of lived much longer. It blessed me to do more for my condition and take care of my life so I can be here for my grand kids and give them the feeling my grandpa gave me. I was at grandma's and grandpa's home. I was out side and came in the front room and played for a while there. I needed to go to the bath room which was in grandma's and grandpa's bedroom, as I traveled though the kitchen, mind you I was just a little guy. I look up and saw grandma with a shot needle in her hand and she was putting it toward grandpa bare bum. She stuck it in and shot some stuff in him. I quickly went back outside to play, I don't think they saw me in the kitchen, but that was a very big shocker. Of course, later, much later, my mom told me grandpa told me he died of diabetes, of which I have also. The problem was grandpa did of it at 52. When he died, my dad told us he did because he ate to much salt and sugar. I do not eat salt unless it is in food I eat, I never put salt on my food. This is because of what my dad told me. Now, sugar is another story I eat, I am sure, to much of that. The most stressful year in my life was 52, because I knew I had diabetes. So, I was very stressed.
Grandpa was a great man, I learned that he up and moved to Salt Lake City from Altamont after he sold his farm, so his son could get the medical attention from he was kick in the head by a horse. I am not sure if this was what my mom told me or someone else. Him and grandma took care of me several times when I was young. I remember all these things about him because they were all influences in my life and where I am at today and I love my life, I am very, very happy.