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Saturday, November 07, 2009

The special grandfathers

They made it to their 50s in spite of their own best efforts to self-destruct before doing so, these men. They lived lives of drugs and alcohol and oftentimes homelessness. Sometimes they'd have a girlfriend or a wife. However, they couldn't possibly abide by these women who seemed to work so hard to try and change them and their ways. Therefore, these relationships hardly ever lasted long. They wandered and rarely held a job. You'd look at these men and think, "so that's what it's like to be on the skids." We can only guess what made them get like that.

Then, one day something happens. In the blink of an eye and for reasons unknown to us, they find themselves in the enviable -- or unenviable, depending on your perspective -- position of being solely responsible for their young grandchildren. And, instinctively, they change themselves. Transform. Reform. Clean up. Get it together. Get a home. Provide stability and guidance and nurturing. They discover characteristics and values in themselves no one, maybe not even them, knew existed. They become the men they need to be to raise these kids.

The special grandfathers. Respect.

Posted by Marie at November 7, 2009 7:18 PM


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