A few weeks ago, I wrote here about a mystery woman from my grandfather’s past. Well, I was finally able to speak to her!
In the interest of privacy, we’ll call her Mrs. S.
Mrs. S lived on the street behind my grandfather’s house in Ridgefield, New Jersey. It turns out she is not a high school classmate as I previously thought. She was an elementary school classmate!
She told me that they used to run through the woods to get to each other’s houses all the time. That’s also the route they took to get to school.
Mrs. S told me a couple of things about my grandfather as a child that weren’t really all that surprising … “he was a bad boy in school” and “he kept the teachers blushing.” Anyone who had ever met my grandfather knew that he was a jokester. He loved his practical jokes, and loved telling dirty jokes even more. I was happy to tell Mrs. S that he never changed.
Then she told me something that I’m not really sure I ever wanted to know about my grampa. “He was the best kisser.” (ew.)
So apparently my grampa and Mrs. S were playing kissy-face around age 12. I’m not sure a 12-year-old could qualify for entry on the “best kisser” leaderboard, but apparently grampa had a way with the ladies, even as a young lad.
Unfortunately, she doesn’t have any photos or other documents to share. But I thought it would be nice for me to print off a couple of the photos I have of my grandfather and send them to her.
After about 15 minutes on the phone, Mrs. S started to sound a little weepy while she was talking about my grampa. She began to cry and her words became incoherent. I decided it was time to let her off the phone, and asked to speak to Mrs. S’s caregiver. Before she said goodbye, she said one last thing … and I’ll never forget it.
“Your grandfather always had someone who loved him … me.”
After regaining my composure, I told her caregiver that it was fine if she wanted to call me again. I sincerely hope she does because it’s not every day you get to talk to someone who went to elementary school with your grandparents.
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