A Note Grandma Had Me Write To Myself

A Note Grandma Had Me Write To Myself

This is a discussion on A Note Grandma Had Me Write To Myself within the Bob & Terry's Place forums, part of the The Back Porch category; I posted this pic of me on another thread earlier. It is of me the day I received my first shotgun and hunting clothes, taken ...

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    A Note Grandma Had Me Write To Myself

    I posted this pic of me on another thread earlier. It is of me the day I received my first shotgun and hunting clothes, taken in 1964.
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    Last week, I was going through some personal things that were from my granddad's home. He died many years ago, and a few of his things wound up forgotten in a box. They were odds and ends from one of his drawers--key chains, Elks membership card, WWII draft card, and oddly, an expended .410 casing. I looked at it, wondering why he would save a spent shell. Then, a distant, vague memory from a time long past began to emerge. I looked at it under a light, and saw a piece of paper stuck inside. I fetched some tweezers, pulled it out, and found this:
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    I remembered receiving the shotgun that day, the clothes, the first round shot out in the barnyard with Dad, Grandma, and Granddad there, all beaming away. After I took that first shot, Grandma retrieved the casing and insisted that I write the note to stick inside. That was the last time I saw it until last week, almost fifty years later. Grandma passed in '73, Granddad in '97, and Dad in 2002. I can still see us out in the barnyard on that September day in 1964.
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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing, Mike!
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    What a great memory!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    What a great memory!
    Yes, indeed. Doing the math, I realized that my grandparents were only 52 and 53 at the time, several years younger than I am now.
    "Pick a ride, any ride, they all go round and round."

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    Nice story


    "He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the Steppes. He had learned a good deal . . . and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life. The cause of this apparently was that at the bottom of his heart he knew all the time (or thought he knew) that he was in reality not a man, but a wolf of the Steppes."

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    Aweseme story - thanks for sharing!
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    ...our grandkids gotta have these kinds of memories...and theirs...thanks, Mike!!!

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    Awesome! I wish I had thought of that when I started my kids shooting...
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    That's a great story
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    Thanks for this. I think I will try to do the same for my kids when they are old enough.
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    That is a fantastic story! Thank you so much for sharing it! You definitely gave me an idea!
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    very cool piece of personal history
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    Very, very cool - and photos too. What a great story. My kids've shot their first already, but it sure does give me ideas anyway. Thanks for that!

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    Thats a great story Mike. Thanks for sharing, brought a smile to my face...
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    That's really wonderful. I've started boxes for each of my kids to put their memorable items in there. Nothing super cool like that in there yet.
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