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User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12436 posts, RR: 25
Posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1005 times:

Since rollcalls are in vogue here, and since our 9/11 thread has shown how many youthful people we have on this site, I thought we should go to the other extreme and have a rollcall of the grandparents amongst us.

I'd like to honor the more senior of our members here who've gone through the trials and tribulations and joys of raising their own children and have made it through that and are now blessed to be grandparents.

I quite often see posts that show lots of life experience in them and I'm thankful for our more senior members.

And to make it more inclusive, if you are of an age to be a grandparent, feel free to chime in too.

I fall into that category.

My brother is a year older than me and he's now a grandparent, but I never had kids so I'll never be.

I'm glad for him, and I'm glad for me too. I was married when I was of the right age to have kids but things didn't seem right. Now that I'm divorced I'm glad I didn't have kids because me and the ex really didn't agree on how children should be raised, so any kids we would have had would have been pretty messed up.


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User currently offlinefruitbat From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 549 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 980 times:

Stepgrandfather reporting in.

Mrs F is slightly older than me and my stepdaughter has a fabulous 2 year old son who we are all very proud of.



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User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12436 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 975 times:

Quoting fruitbat (Reply 1):
Stepgrandfather reporting in.

Congrats!



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User currently offlinerfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7607 posts, RR: 32
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 970 times:

My wife has two children which gave her five grandchildren.

I have two children which gave me five grandchildren.

My son's second wife brought four step-grandchildren into the family.

His third wife also brought four step-grandchildren into the family.

The oldest of them all is 27, the youngest will turn 7 next week.

They are scattered from coast to coast, and we see most only once or twice a year, some only every couple years. The four who live nearby get most of our attention.

We have long birthday and Christmas lists.


User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12436 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 963 times:

Quoting rfields5421 (Reply 3):
The oldest of them all is 27

Between that grandchild and the 17 others, great-grandparenthood can't be too far behind!

Congrats on such a wonderful family!

Maybe you can find a way to have a family reunion to pull them all together.

My gram on my mom's side had 13 grandchildren and she had such gatherings on her 75th and 80th birthdays.

It was some of the best times we ever had as a family.



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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 915 times:

Well, as you may or may not have already noticed, I have liked girls all my life ! Cut a pretty wide swath through them in my "hey day" if I may say so ! Didn't "miss much" when "that" was all I had on my mind; thank heavens now that I have grown up "that" isn't all I have on my mind any more.

Haven't taken an "inventory" lately, so let's see, E- 2, C- 2, R-2, D-1 ; Wow........I'm up to seven ! So, 5 that I had, (actually it was the wife who "had" them ), I just "participated"; then 3 of them have 2 each, and 1 has one, ranging from about 12 to 30 ( or somewhere in that vicinity ) The "offspring" are doing well, all went to college, (a few learned more than others) and only two have ever been married, divorced, and remarried. The wife did a "180" in about '98, and I did a right turn, and here I now am. Met my "dream girl" in '03, and now I have 3 more who think of me as...."pop"; only one of which has "produced", so I now have 5 more who think of me as......"grand-pop"; ( an even dozen now )
(plus 2 cats, 3 dogs, and 1 bird, all "depending" on me ! )

Here's something most of you young guys aren't aware of yet...........for me, from age 67 to 78 have been the absolute best. It can be for anyone, but you MUST have a few things..........good health, some $$$ coming in, a good woman, and a bit of luck always helps. I'm in reasonably decent shape with the first three, and possibly a world record with # 4.

After you have already out-lived 75% of your HS class mates, every year is VERY valuable; I'm looking forward to quite a few more; so I tend to lead a fairly "moderate" life style. Some things I "do", and some things I "don't do";

I do; eat as healthy as possible; obey all laws; get plenty of exercise; always tell the truth, treat good people with respect, and am always kind to animals

I don't: exceed the speed limit, smoke, drink alcohol, do drugs, steal, visit porn sites, and most important of all, I NEVER vote for a liberal !

So there you have it folks, Geezer's recipe for a happy and healthy long life.

Charley



Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12436 posts, RR: 25
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 867 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 5):
an even dozen now

Congrats!

Quoting Geezer (Reply 5):
Here's something most of you young guys aren't aware of yet...........for me, from age 67 to 78 have been the absolute best. It can be for anyone, but you MUST have a few things..........good health, some $$$ coming in, a good woman, and a bit of luck always helps. I'm in reasonably decent shape with the first three, and possibly a world record with # 4.

Thanks for the great insights!

I agree with it all, except for the politics!  



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User currently offlineGeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 862 times:

[quote=Revelation,reply=6]I agree with it all, except for the politics!


Neither did I when I was your age; it's why I voted for Jimmy Carter



Stupidity: Doing the same thing over and over and over again and expecting a different result; Albert Einstein
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39851 posts, RR: 74
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 831 times:

Quoting Revelation (Thread starter):
I'd like to honor the more senior of our members here who've gone through the trials and tribulations and joys of raising their own children and have made it through that and are now blessed to be grandparents.

I quite often see posts that show lots of life experience in them and I'm thankful for our more senior members.

  
Agreed!
I tend to value the opinions of the elder members than those of the younger 'hip' people that think they know everything.
Life experience is something you don't learn in school.

Quoting Geezer (Reply 7):
it's why I voted for Jimmy Carter

Carter was a decent man and some I still have a lot of respect for. He was a hell of a lot better than Obama.

Quoting Geezer (Reply 5):
I don't: visit porn sites

Ok this is troubling for me. How does visiting porn sites decrease your life expectancy?
Scandinavians and the Japanese have the longest life expectancy and yet they have some of the most creative porn.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12436 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 810 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 7):
Neither did I when I was your age; it's why I voted for Jimmy Carter

Interesting. My first vote ever was for Ronald Reagan, and considered myself to be conservative throughout the 80s and most of the 90's. By the time of the GWB era though I considered myself to be liberal. Who knows, maybe I got another flip-flop left in me? I kinda doubt it, given how polarized things are these days, one is not even allowed to consider voting for "the other side". Sadly there seems to be no middle ground.

So, if you don't mind sharing, did you ever vote for a Dem for president, or has it been 100% Republican? Of course if you don't want to say, that's fine.



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39851 posts, RR: 74
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 807 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 7):
I voted for Jimmy Carter
Quoting Revelation (Reply 9):
did you ever vote for a Dem for president, or has it been 100% Republican?

?????????????
He said he voted for Carter.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12436 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 806 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 10):
?????????????
He said he voted for Carter.

Thanks, Fly, the coffee hasn't kicked in yet. 

I was too young to vote in that election, but probably would have gone with Carter, just to put an end to the Nixon/Ford era. Too bad things turned out badly for Carter (and of course the USA).



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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39851 posts, RR: 74
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 803 times:

Quoting Revelation (Reply 11):
I was too young to vote in that election, but probably would have gone with Carter, just to put an end to the Nixon/Ford era. Too bad things turned out badly for Carter (and of course the USA).

My thougts exactly. I know he wasn't a popular President but I maintain that he was a good man and could have been a great President. Even though I don't agree with a lot of things he talked about doing.
Keep in mind, Carter was not a liberal. Just look at the states he won in 1976.

Quoting Geezer (Reply 5):
I NEVER vote for a liberal !

You live in near Terre Haute, Indiana. Do you even have that as an option?



Of the grandparents here, I'd like to hear more about your airline travel experiences back during the 40s, 50s, 60 & 70s.
That would be awesome if some of the older members could piece together a trip report from way back then, scan in old black & white photos and share their reports with us.
I do stumble across a lot of old LP records and reel-to-reel tape that was from American Airlines, Pan Am, TWA, Continental, United and even Alitalia.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineaero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 787 times:

Quoting Geezer (Reply 5):
visit porn sites

You probably don’t need to, but if necessary, why would that be dangerous for your health?


User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12436 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 780 times:

Quoting aero145 (Reply 13):
why would that be dangerous for your health?

Because his wife would kick his   ! 



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