My father’s parents were both gone before I was born. My mother’s father died when I was 3 years old. While I have some old photos, I have only one memory of him — sitting on the floor with me as I played with toy cars. Fortunately, I got to know my mom’s mother – Ruth. A sweet lady who would save stamps and coins for my collections.
My dad had an aunt and uncle from Denmark – Anna and Axel Larsen – who had no children. From an early age, for me they were “Grandma” and “Grandpa” Larsen. They were happy with these monikers. Grandpa Larsen passed away when I was I was in college and Grandma Larsen went into the Danish “Old People’s Home.”
One day – while in college – I went to visit her. We talked and as I was leaving she asked if the next time I came to visit – if I would bring her a little 3 Star Hennessy cognac. I said “sure” and left. I got in the car and thought . . . and then drove to a liquor store where I bought a half pint of 3 Star Hennessy. And drove back to the Home. Now – I couldn’t tell which made her happier – my return visit or the half pint of 3 Star. Either way, I resolved to pay a visit whenever I could. And I did. And each time brought a pint bottle of 3 Star Hennessy.
When Grandma Larsen passed, I’m sure she licked her lips. And smiled. . . . .