I have told you a few things about myself; and some of our family, many
you will not be able to get to know but I have saved the best for last.
Grandma wants to tell you about your dad and his sister, your
father came into the world sixteen days early and took your Grandma and
Grandpa Rick by surprise, as he was due on Christmas Day.
In this respect you two have something to share as you also were
born sixteen days early.
Your dad was the most beautiful baby I have ever seen and bought
us such happiness.
He was walking at nine months and I remember when he was small
one of his favorite things was to sit on my Kirby vacuum cleaner and
ride around the room as I cleaned.
your dadís sister, Tracy was born he was so very proud to be a big
I can still see him walking down the hospital corridor wearing a
yellow shirt and brown pants, carrying the largest yellow mum I had ever
He wanted to bring his baby sister a flower.
father became the man of the house at the early age of four.
Many times when I needed comforting it was his small arms that
Your dad was always a big help around the house at this age, as
he wanted to learn how to do everything and find out how things worked.
He had a quiet personality much like Grandmaís father and just
the opposite of his sisterís outgoing exuberance.
Your Aunt Tracy seemed to find trouble and your dad was always
trying to steer her out of messes.
She was bossy and not too willing to want to take advice from him
and so there was many times I had to settle matters between them.
your dad and Aunt Tracy loved animals and there was a variety that made
their home with us.
We had a Dutch New Zealand rabbit named, Thumper that your dad
would put in a harness and place him in the trailer attached to his toy
tractor and ride around the block.
Even though Thumper was harnessed the rabbit never attempted to
escape and seemed to enjoy the trips around the crescent.
was the first of many Samoyedís we were to own and I remember how both
your dad and aunt fell totally in love with her as did I.
Sambuca went everywhere with them and played on all the toys in
She would pull them on a toboggan or across the ice as they
skated behind her.
They would all run and jump through the water sprinkler and come
into the house spreading water everywhere.
Then at the end of their play they would fall asleep together.
your aunt and your dad would love to surprise me with flowers and
sometimes berries that seemingly just found their way into our house.
Grandma could hardly scold them seriously as they had always
meant so well by their good intentions even if the deed was at the cost
of unknowing neighbor.
father and aunt fought over many things but I always said that they were
the worst of enemies and the best of friends.
When someone else attempted to hurt one of them the other would
always come to their defense.
Many times they had to take on the neighborhood bullies and often
they came out on top.
They have not lost that bond of love and support for each other
and this has always made me pleased that no matter what they have always
been there for each other.
was not your fatherís favorite activity and his sister often found
studies easier which made it difficult for your dad, as there was always
unspoken competition between them.
Later we found that it was a short-term memory and attention span
problem and that your father was bored most of the time with the usual
Your dad has however the most amazing long-term memory and he can
go back to events years in the past and recall the most details with
such clarity that I have ever witnessed.
your dad was a young teen I remember him going through a phase where he
enjoyed building rockets.
He got both your aunt and me involved as he constructed tubes and
He had many successful launches from the playground, which was
just at the end of our street.
Then I remember he modified a toy racecar with a rocket engine
one day and sent it flying down the back alley but not quite as he had
dad took his first spin around the block behind the wheel of my car when
he was nine years old with some help from grandma.
He was driving at fourteen and was a licensed driver at age
He drove well when I was around but later admitted to costing me
a few extra car repair bills.
most teenage boys he was shy and blind to the flirting of many a young
Eventually he met and fell in love with your mom and we are lucky
that he did or we would never have had you Munchkin.
Grandma has always been very proud of her children. They are intelligent, caring and sensible people and if you ever have any problem they come highly recommended.
Cheryl C. Helynck