Monday, November 1, 2010
happy birthday, Grandpa!
And Pa? This reminded me of you and grandma...and yes, made me cry.
from Story Corps, a nonprofit dedicated to helping Americans tell and preserve their stories.
This is something my grandfather championed, the idea of taking care of people, places, and history...the story of this country. As a veteran and a patriot, he spoke out when an American flag went unlit at night. As a dedicated outdoorsman, he spoke out when people decided to be rude and trash places in the community, especially campsites and parks. And as himself, a storyteller and conversationalist, he'd be able to find some connection between himself and another person in less than five minutes, a feat I've never seen anyone replicate.
So, in honor of his 87th birthday, I gave a donation to the Trust for the National Mall in Washington, DC, recently home to the Rally to Restore Sanity. I often wonder what my grandfather would have thought of Jon Stewart. But I know that he would have agreed with the idea that shouting gets nothing done. Listening, learning, helping out--those get things done. Happy birthday, Pa!