09 October 2010

Of grandfathers and building castles in the sky

"Grampy?"

"Hmmmm?"

"If I had a hammer . . ."

Zzzzzzzzt kalunk

". . . some wood, and some nails

Zzzzzzzzt kalunk

". . . I could build something too."

Zzzzzzzzt kalunk

"Grampy?"

"Hmmmm?"

Whoosh whoosh whoosh

"Whatcha makin'?"

Shish shish shish shish shish

"Grampy?"

"Hmmmm?"

tap tap tap

"Can I help?"

ponk ponk ponk

"Grampy?"

"Hmmmm?"

"Where ya going?"

"It's lunchtime."

"Grampy?

"Hmmmm?"

"Can I help after lunch?"

"You always help."

"Did I help this morning?"

"Uh huh."

"Grampy?"

"Hmmmm?"

"After lunch can I have a hammer and some nails and some wood?"

"Okay."

"Grampy?"

"Hmmmm?"

"Can I have sandpaper too?"

"Okay."

"Grampy?"

"Hmmmm?"

"Guess what?"

"What?"

"I know my letters."

"That's good."

31 comments:

  1. Very patient, that old Grampy!

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  2. This is great ;-) So conversational, so real...Peace

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  3. I love this - a lovely story, I can picture Grampy hammering away and the poor little boy with his pleading eyes looking up at him. You make great use of just 100 words here.

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  4. This gives me goosebumps. A grandfather and grandchild. How wonderful and touching this was. Great job. I knew you couldn't stay away lol.

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  5. Such a great take on the prompt. You can just see the two of them together!

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  6. smiles. glad he had that patience...my oldest tests mine with all the questions but it sure is fun...smiles.

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  7. Ahhh, that is just lovely, Cheryl!

    Both my grandfathers had died before I was born, but I am so grateful my girl and her cousins have Dad to help and follow around.

    Vacinated with a photograph needle, eh? Creative!

    xo

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  8. I loved it. Plain and simple.

    =)

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  9. That is really cute. I can hear the diaglogue and picture these two. Great piece!
    xoRobyn

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  10. So cute. Exactly what a child would do and say. I enjoyed this.~Ames

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  11. I hope when the time comes I am a patient grandparent

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  12. Cheryl, I am glad you jumped in. this was fantastic! Truly.

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  13. Perfectly, exquisitely captured. I could hear them talking.

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  14. Simply beautiful post. I get weepy thinking about your grampy too!
    Best wishes,
    Anna
    Anna's SC Week 23

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  15. My grandpa was also a woodworker - I loved the smell of fresh cut wood, but the hammer would hurt my ears. Nice take on the Centus theme.
    Ha! You just gave me an idea for my entry (provided no one else has used it yet).

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  16. This is so sweet! I love it!

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  17. What a very sweet tale. My son was like that with my father when he was younger too. Great one!

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  18. Love that glimpse of a grandfather. Thank you!

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  19. OMG I miss him too now! What a guy, and I know you meant the world to him too.

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  20. Aww. Bless your little friend wherever he is. Hugs to you, my dear girl!

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  21. I'm so glad you joined this week! This is one of my favorites, you captured the dialogue just perfectly. This really made me smile :) And your postscript really made my day - DH and I always told Cait the same thing. Kat

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  22. Hi Cheryl,
    I'm back. I just wanted to tell you that when I first read 'If I had a hammer...' on Saturday afternoon (which is when SC is up here in Sweden) my first thought was to continue with '...and some nails and some wood I could build a bird house or tree house...' or whatever. I wanted to write it from a child's point of view. But then I got interrupted by making hot chocolate or lunch for the children or talking to my sister-in-law about these two red kittens that we will not be taking home with us because my husband has put a limit on pets: three cats are enough, according to him.
    So I started thinking about Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow in the opening scene of the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie, in which he escapes death by floating away in a coffin back to his ship. He uses his pistol to shoot his way out of the coffin, but he could have also have used a simple hammer to bang his way out.

    I just thought that you that might like to know that we had similar thoughts until I got side-tracked. I am glad that you stuck to the first idea. It is so sweet, innocent and really the very best story.

    Love your cloud letters!

    Best wishes,
    Anna
    For the benefit of other readers:
    Anna's SC Week 23

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  23. Love the letter e in the trees. Still holding out for the alphanature book.

    ALso, you are so blessed to have memories of grampa. I never had one, but I've always wished for one.

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  24. love this touching post. i could hear the voices and those very audible whooshes and shishes and ponks!

    great, well-put-together take on the prompt.

    thanks..........cj

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  25. I love this! I LOVE THIS! You captured the pattern of a conversation with a child so perfectly here. I could HEAR it inside my mind as I read it.

    This is really outstanding. Totally loved this.

    Geez. At the risk of being repetitious...ummm....I loved this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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