2/7/95 James Bateman
My grandfather (on my mother’s side of the family) is mildly eccentric in a charming sort of way. He has always been known as the fix-it man in the family, and he loves to build and invent different types of things. No matter how broken or damaged an object might be he can fix it, and if something needs to be done he does it or finds a way to do it. He can never pass up a good deal and his passion is golf. My grandfather is not your ordinary run of the mill grandpa.
My grandpa can fix anything. A few days after Christmas the best present our family has ever received from Santa Claus broke down. The rims on our arcade basketball games had bent and we couldn’t play our favorite toy. We thought of driving to Clearfield to get some replacement rims, but we knew they would probably just break again, so we gave it to Grandpa to fix. Over the course of a couple of days Grandpa’s wrinkled but swift and leathery hands spent hours reinforcing the rims so that they wouldn’t bend or break again. The day he brought then back he screwed them back onto the backboard and with a wink said, “If they bend or break again just bring them back and I’ll fix ‘em.” Our entire family knew that pigs would fly before the rims gave out. Friends that have this same toy have bent rims that they have long given up on trying to fix, but after three years of playing with that toy not once have we had to go back to Grandpa to have him fix it.
My grandpa cannot pass up a good deal. Grandpa has been a lifelong subscriber to “TIME” magazine when he decided that the articles in it were insulting his intelligence. He let his subscription run out, and when “TIME” called to ask if he wanted to renew his subscription he refused, “I wouldn’t subscribe to your magazine if you paid me!” he exclaimed. For my grandpa to say something like this was pretty extreme. He has always been a calm, patient, humble kind of man so it surprised us to see him speak his mind so forcibly. After about a year of not having “TIME” after having the magazine his entire life and after swearing it off forever, “TIME” called back and gave him a deal he couldn’t refuse. They offered him a great prize like a clock or something and they offered the magazine at an unbeatable price. He accepted and now the magazine has regained its hallowed spot on my grandparents’ coffee table where any magazine should be proud to be.
My grandpa may not seem like he has a big, commanding sort of personality to those who don’t know him, but to those who do he seems like he towers above you. He is a man of small stature, but the way that he acts and the way that he conducts himself around others gives him a special kind of aura that no one in my family can deny. He is a kind, gentle, sweet kind of guy who is extremely creative and extremely respectable.