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The grandfather in the grocery store

Written by Verne R. Sanford. Posted in Senior Living

Published on November 07, 2012 with No Comments

Frustrated GrandpaA woman in a supermarket is following a grandfather and his badly behaved 3 year-old grandson.

It’s obvious to her that he has his hands full with the child screaming for sweets in the sweet aisle, biscuits in the biscuit aisle and for fruit, cereal and pop in the other aisles.

Meanwhile, Granddad is working his way around, saying in a controlled voice, “Easy, William, we won’t be long . . . easy, boy.”

Another outburst, and she hears the granddad calmly say, “It’s okay, William, just a couple more minutes and we’ll be out of here. Hang in there, boy.”

At the checkout, the little terror is throwing items out of the cart, and Granddad says again in a controlled voice, “William, William, relax buddy, don’t get upset. We’ll be home in five minutes; stay cool, William.”

Very impressed, the woman goes outside where the grandfather is loading his groceries and the boy into the car.

She said to the elderly gentleman, “It’s none of my business, but you were amazing in there. I don’t know how you did it. That whole time, you kept your composure, and no matter how loud and disruptive he got, you just calmly kept saying things would be okay.  William is very lucky to have you as his grandpa.”

“Thanks,” said the grandfather, “but I’m William … the little brat’s name is Kevin.”

Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group November meetings

Tuesday, Nov. 13:  6 to 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 103 N. Franklin, Valparaiso. Travel agent Carol Short will speak on the topic of airline disability awareness.

Tuesday, Nov. 27:  2:30 p.m. (note meeting time), Pines Village Retirement Communities, 3303 Pines Village Circle (building behind Whispering Pines Health Care Center), Valparaiso.  Facilitator Verne R. Sanford will speak on the topic of how to live with low vision.

All persons welcome, whether or not they have low vision.  Within Porter County and during daylight hours, call the Porter County Aging and Community Services bus at 219-462-4302 for a free door-to-door ride for the legally blind, or 50 cents each way for seniors, $1 each way for others.  Phone a week or two ahead.

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About Verne R. Sanford

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Verne R. Sanford, 75, is professor emeritus of mathematics at Valparaiso University. He retired in 1993 and is currently writing his 24th memoir story. He is president of Valparaiso Low Vision Support Group Inc. He and his wife of 52 years, Marie, have five children and 14 grandchildren. Contact him at 219-464-1867, visit www.valpolowvisionsupport.org or e-mail verne.sanford@valpo.edu.

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