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11 November 2012 @ 03:15 pm
Veteran's Day.  
I am headed off in a bit here to go see Gigi and Papa. You know, we never called them that when we were kids. All of our great-grandparents had passed on, so we just called our grandparents the standard ‘Grandma & Grandpa’. And we used their first names to distinguish between the two sets of grandparents.

The Guy Cousin was the first to have a kid and both of his children referred to our grandparents - their great-grandparents - as Grandma & Grandpa At The Farm. But when my other cousin had her two boys, they referred to them as ‘Gigi & Papa’. Which confused the hell out of the Guy Cousin’s children who were like, “Who the heck are Gigi & Papa?” But now it’s pretty universal that everyone refers to them as Gigi & Papa and even I find myself doing it as well. In this new era where the elderly live so long that we have grandparents, great-grandparents and even sometimes great-great-grandparents all still living at once - we have to get creative with our nicknames!

Anyways, going to see my WWII veteran grandfather on Veteran’s Day seemed like a good thing to do. He used to tell us all the best stories about being in the Navy. My Grandma would always say, “Oh quiet, they don’t want to hear that story. Leave those kids alone,” but I always loved Grandpa’s stories. I honestly think he is where I get my storytelling abilities from - he would have made a great traveling bard.

Veterans Day - from Longshot's Blog

I stole this image from someone named Longshot over on Wordpress - it was too beautiful to pass up. In his post he talks about his father’s ship, the USS Tennessee, which logged over 170,073 miles in the war. My grandpa was in the Navy as well, and he was on one of the first ships to come into Pearl Harbor after the attack, where the Tennessee was. His stories of the aftermath are both horrifying and filled with astounding acts of kindness. It’s a shame he never wrote a book.

Thank you to all our veterans.
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on November 11th, 2012 08:49 pm (UTC)
Have an excellent visit. *hugs*
dodger_sister: hugdodger_sister on November 12th, 2012 02:04 am (UTC)
Thanks, babe! It went pretty well. Grandpa was tired but he does like listening to us women-folk chatter on. And one of my dad's cousins showed up while we were there. We don't know her very well but the two of them got closer after my parents divorced, so it is always nice to get to know the people my dad counts as friends. Then we went shopping at Target for a few essentials and walked away with my up-and-coming niece's first Christmas present - adorable baby clothes FTW, even though she won't even born by Christmas! - and the first Christmas present of the season for the cats (they love a good toy on a stick).

BTW, I saw Teen!vengers is up!!! You should have seen the weird body-spasm I had when I saw that. But it's been a go-go-go day, so it'll have to wait until tomorrow. I am so stupidly excited - I didn't expect it to be done so soon after our last conversation about it!! I am sure I will leave you a long rambley comment of squeesploding after I read it. <3
Ironlily - Making My Marquevikingprincess on November 12th, 2012 02:34 am (UTC)
It's always nice to get to know relatives better - if they're fun relatives, that is! :P

Go you on the Xmas shopping - I was thinking of emailing the sis in law who always does the gift draw for us each year to get her on that before all the good sales start. The more time, the better!

I only posted half of it, because I was finishing it today and I just couldn't wait to at least get SOME of it up there. I can't wait to see what you think!

*smooches* Sleep well!
Kate: poppiesceitfianna on November 12th, 2012 02:55 pm (UTC)
That's a beautiful image. I never knew either of my grandfathers but they both fought in WWII.
dodger_sister: band of brothersdodger_sister on November 13th, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
Isn't it? I opened the page to the website the image was from and found a very cool blog post as well. It's a shame you never knew either of your grandfathers. Did you ever get a chance to go through any of their belongings? My grandpa has a lot of cool papers and things from his Navy ship. I was very lucky to get to hear stories about WWII from someone who was there and who enjoys so much talking about it.
Kate: Jane thoughts consume meceitfianna on November 13th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
I knew my grandmother on my mother's side really well and have my mother's father's army footlocker in my room.

I repainted it to look like an immigrant storage chest for my American Girl doll when I was younger. I've also read letters and gotten a lot of history from both my parents.

And ugh, I hate this stupid sickness I've got, all I want to do is fall over. But I should be getting my internet installed today, so I can go home earlish and drink tea and eat toast as I wait.
dodger_sister: band of brothersdodger_sister on November 13th, 2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
Having an army footlocker that belonged to a family member is pretty cool!

You know, that stupid sickness has probably been coming under all that stress you've had the last few months. Doesn't it always feel like that - you are bogged down under stress and the second you finally start to wade through it and get it all sorted out, you suddenly fall over sick?

Ugh.../pats your sick head/ Feel better, darling!
Kate: tea and a bookceitfianna on November 13th, 2012 08:23 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that's what happened as well but I have my apartment and I'm starting to feel a little more settled. Also there's Thanksgiving break coming up and I'm just trying to take things easy.

My plan is to leave work in about ten or fifteen minutes, go home and curl up as I wait for the cable people to arrive. Once I have my net set up, my place will feel even more like I can come home and just be after work.

Also there's this added stress with trying to sort out these issues about gaming in the library. I'm part of the conversation but at this point, its gone beyond me and everyone has many feelings, its a lot.

Oh and I lost a contact this morning and don't have any replacements left, so I'm wearing my glasses which have an old prescription. If the cable guys are quick, I might even be able to go and get eye stuff sorted tonight. I think wearing glasses hasn't been helping with feeling better.
dodger_sister: comfortdodger_sister on November 13th, 2012 08:50 pm (UTC)
The contact/glasses things has got to be a killer with headaches. Hopefully the cable hookup goes easy enough!
Kate: Dean time rambles onceitfianna on November 14th, 2012 01:38 pm (UTC)
The cable hookup was pushed back to Thursday as the dispatch had me down on Friday. Today's not possible as I always have a meeting after school during their installation window.

I have a new contact lens prescription and its wonderful, wearing old glasses while recovering from being sick was a horrible idea.

Oh and I just had a great meeting with student government about gaming stuff, sometimes things really do work. I'm looking forward to telling you the saga of trying to find a compromise for gaming in the library.
dodger_sister: alison lohmandodger_sister on November 15th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
I'm looking forward to telling you the saga of trying to find a compromise for gaming in the library.

Oh yes! I love the drama of teenagers! Or is it faculty? Either way, I want to hear it!