My grandfather could give Calvin Coolidge a run for his money. He’s a man a few words. He is extremely social, but he isn’t the type to ramble on.
He is 96. He still volunteers at the community center. He still makes the best pralines in southeast Louisiana (I think he makes the best anywhere but I think the first statement is a provable fact). If you are lucky enough to buy the pralines at the French Food Festival, you have tasted this piece of diabetic-inducing heaven.
Recently, he decided he wanted a hat. Not just any hat, but a WWII Veteran Hat. My grandfather served as a Cajun translator during WWII. During the Invasion of Normandy, this was an important part of the campaign in order to be able to communicate with resistance fighters and locals. My grandfather didn’t go to France; instead, French Resistance fighters came to the states and he stayed to translate. One of Mrs. Nola Nerd Couple’s history professors from Graduate School was assisting The World War II Museum in collecting stories of veterans, but my grandfather passed. While it would be an interesting story to hear, it’s his story to tell or not to tell.
He decided he wanted this hat during the middle of Mardi Gras Season, which made it difficult to get downtown. I checked with a local Army surplus store, but they only had them if you special order. The sad fact is that the demand for these hats is reducing so the supply is as well. However, when we were able to get to the World War II Museum we were able to find one.
The day we purchased it, I drove to my mom’s house so she could bring it to him the next day when they went grocery shopping together. However, she couldn’t bring it to him the next day, because………………..he was volunteering at the “old folks home.”
Yes, you read that right. My 96-year young grandfather was too busy because he was volunteering at a retirement center. The quotations in the previous paragraph are there because those are his words. You are only as old as you think you are.
Finally, he got his hat. He looks damn good in it if you ask me.