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2020-04-11 | Subject | Grandpa Waves

Toward the end of his life, my grandfather stopped expressing any political opinions, or, really, any strong opinion. He would tell stories, mainly WWII war stories, or of trips to Mexico in Jeeps with his best friend and the problem of flat tires in the desert. He would dismiss a particularly aggressive opinion with "Whatever". More and more his "whatever" faded in tone, so it was like he was talking to himself. When he was younger he would get in knock down, drag-out (figurative) fights at the dinner table with his son, my mom's brother, about politics. What remained as his expressed opinion faded, was joy just being with those he loved, living in the world, his evening three finger vodka, launching his boat himself off his homemade truck winch, and fishing. I don't think this was because of weakness. He knew what his opinions were. It was more that the wash of love mixed with suffering and sand overwhelmed whatever opinion arose, bobbing up briefly to the surface. He only had to wait half a moment for the opinion to be immersed and irrelevant again, from his perspective, in the wash.

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2018-07-27: Toy Rambler
2018-05-28: Ramen
2017-11-29: so_what
2016-10-11: Back pack
2016-07-29: Boat
2014-07-30: Not as strong
2013-03-21: You are Not OK
2013-03-13: Rebuilding Grandpa's Chainsaw - Revisit
2011-11-01: Rebuilding Grandpa's Chainsaw - Part 4
2011-10-31: Rebuilding Grandpa's Chainsaw - Part 3
2011-10-30: Rebuilding Grandpa's Chainsaw - Part 2
2011-10-29: Rebuilding Grandpa's Chainsaw - Part 1
2010-12-30: 2011
2008-05-31: MCJ Road Trip
2007-05-16: Nana's Funeral
2002-08-09: 8048 Puzzle Box
1993-02-05: Letter to Grandma and Grandpa