Posted by: Joan Spiller | May 20, 2015

Lessons From A Grandfather (via The Collection)

Originally posted in 2010, it’s not gotten any less relevant. We’ve just added 5 years to it all..  Original post starts: My Granddad is 90+ and starting to get old (I guess it had to happen huh) and we sometimes get impatient when dealing with his hearing loss .. uh, he’s old AND he has hearing loss due to time in the military, so uh – tell me again how the hell come it’s something WE dare get cranky about? Imagine being HIM = unable to hear!!

I find it so sad how we tend to wish previously cherished people away when they become “annoying” or hard work (or whatever adjective you like to apply) and this wee story really hit home back then and still does.

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year-old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. But, the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon and food rained onto the floor. When he grasped a glass, with his shaking hands milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in … Read More

via The Collection



  1. I am glad I got to meet Russell while we were there. He is a storehouse of information and a gentle soul. I share his hearing loss and it is frustrating to sit in a group having conversation, laughing and not know what it is all about. Yes, I have hearing aids, but all they do is magnify the volume of what I don’t understand. Your GF is a neat guy and interesting “Wrinkley”. Congratulations!


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