Gramps is 93 and he sees things a little differently than I do. His vision, thanks to a small laser op, is 20 20. But I’m only partly talking about physical eyesight. Some things you see with your memory, desire or imagination.
Case in point #1- This is the table where Gramps likes to breakfast on sunny days. It is anchored to the porch with an old 50 pound piece of lead – which weighs more than it did when he was young, so Gramps says. Anyway, that keeps the table from being pushed around by the wind. In the same theme, he added the hand polished steel holders so that on a blustery day the napkins don’t blow away. I may see this as a bit tacky but it is a testament to Gramps’ problem solving ingenuity and his desire to sit outside in the sun after a long winter.
Case in point#2 – This is a piece of ugly fat called suet that Gramps puts out for the birds. The old butter container is also filled with suet- in case some birds prefer pecking at their fat from a dish, I guess. I see this and think how gross it is. But Gramps sees that the birds will come. And they do – the chickadee, nut hatchers, woodpeckers, purple finch, house finch, orioles – they come and enjoy that fat – and Gramps watches them with joy and satisfaction.
Sometimes it is refreshing to see things from another point of view. If you are in the area, come sit at our table that will not blow away ever and watch the happy birds feasting on the fat while Gramps tells a story or two. Or three. Or several.