A little boy has just awakened on a cool Saturday morning in South Georgia. He runs into the kitchen awaiting the arrival of his grandfather who is getting out of bed. When the grandfather arrives in the kitchen he bends down and picks the boy up and sits him on the counter top.
This is the boy’s favorite part of the day. The boy opens a jar and dips out the coffee grains one teaspoon at a time and pours them in the filter. He watches as his grandfather slowly and carefully fills the pot with water, being sure not to spill any. The boy does the honors and presses the on button and the coffee begins to brew.
After the coffee brews the grandfather will pour the youngster a cup and the boy will add two thirds of a cup of sugar for flavor because black coffee just tastes like dirt. The boy will attempt to be strong like his grandpa and sip the hot coffee but soon realizes he needs ice. After that the boy and his grandpa will walk outside. The boy breathes in a big whiff of the crisp morning air as him and his grandpa walk around in the yard looking for some work to do.
The boy watches as his grandfather is able to master the art of walking and keeping the coffee in the cup.
“So Papa,” says the boy, “What’s the plan the today?”
“I don’t know Buck, what would you like to do,” asks the grandfather.
“This is fine papa. This is just fine right here.”
It doesn’t take much to make a good memory. It doesn’t take much to be someone’s role model. It just takes a little effort.
Humans are intelligent beings capable of compassion, love and much more.
We have the ability to create life but sometimes don’t have the will power to tolerate it. Take an hour a day and spend it with those you love and let them know how much they mean to you.
It’s not the large, expensive gifts that are remembered; it’s the small, priceless moments.
To this day when I pour a cup of coffee and walk outside and breathe in that crisp morning air, I am instantly taken back 18 years in the past remembering where my love of coffee began. To a time I will never forget, just my grandpa and me.
Love your children and grandchildren and spend every second of every day thinking about them. That’s what my Grandparents do.