At Easter he enjoyed watching the great grandkids shoot their new b-b guns.
This spring he came, at L's request, to cast his approval on her new horse.
He made an appearance in the traditional 4th of July parade.
And this summer he enjoyed the kids when we visited him before guitar lessons...and they enjoyed him.
As I think about my grandpa, I think about the things he experienced, the things he saw, and the changes that came in his 93 years.
I am sure many changes were for the better.
I am sure many changes were not.
When I really think about this, my mind can not even comprehend it all. However, when I start dissecting it, I realize all the changes that I, too, have seen in my 36 years.
VCR's. DVD's. Cordless phones. Cell phones. TV remotes. Computers.
The list goes on and on.
Although these changes make me appreciate what luxuries I do have, I think I appreciate even more deeply the things in my life that haven't changed.
It was during our town's annual Community Days that I felt myself appreciating my small town with more vigor. Pushed to the background was the old, deteriorating houses and evidence of old businesses that have been long gone that can be found littered throughout town and, instead, brought to the forefront was the people and beliefs that make this town what it is.
Although many things have changed in 36 years, many things about this town, and this tradition, have stayed the same.
There is still a parade.
It still starts in the same place. And, as it was when I was a kid, the majority of the parade is made up of farm kids and farm equipment.
It is always a family affair.....
And relatives are met on almost every corner....
Another tradition of Community Days? The turtle race. In my mind it serves as a reminder of a time before video games, ipods, and constant stimulation. A simpler time.
Personally, I think we could all stand for times to be more simple. And if the crowd at the turtle race is evidence, I am not the only one.
When a previous all time high of 60 turtles had been recorded, this year's record of 107 spoke for itself. 107 kids, and turtles, that enjoyed good old fashioned fun.