MIAGD: Make it a great day
I am having a McDonald’s homestyle breakfast for the first time in probably over 20 years. I normally don’t enjoy most fast-foods but now and then, it stifles a yearning for something different.
As I sat down to eat, a memory of my great-grandfather, John William “Garrett” Clary, popped into my mind.
My grandmother, Donna, was taking her father and his gold-digger of a second wife out to Norfolk Virginia for the spouse could see her son whose naval ship was coming in to port. They stopped by our house before leaving town and on the spur of a moment Grandma Donna asked if I’d like to join them for the three day journey which began that early evening (now), straight through to the destination.
I was packed within minutes and in the backseat sitting with my Grandpa Garrett.
Grandpa Garrett was born in 1898. By 1977 he was partially blind due to histoplasmosis and could only see peripherally. Though blind, the dear guy never lost his enthusiasm for life, and stayed busy clear up to the end of his 99 years.
Grandpa Garrett never missed anything.
Grandpa Garrett had discovered McDonalds breakfasts. We did not have a McDonalds in Elwood at that time but he often liked to be driven to nearby Tipton Indiana to enjoy his fast-food breakfast which was quite the “thing” for a retired farmer.
As the bright sun blazed just over the Eastern horizon outside Richmond Virginia, Grandpa Garrett said he had “a hankering for a McDonalds breakfast.”
I thought the old fellow delusional. Breakfast at McDonalds?
Grandpa Garrett was in hog heaven and smiled from ear to ear with each bite. It’s an image I hope to never forget.
So this morning I start my day with a McDonald’s breakfast while remembering one of the neatest men who never allowed age or being a grandfather/great-grandfather as an excuse or a reason to grow old.
Thank you, Grandpa Garrett (aka Grandpa Coo Coo), for modeling how to make every day a great day!