Anyways, I saw my grandpa today.
We try to go every Sunday and spend an hour visiting at the nursing home. Friday was Grandpa’s birthday (92 ya’ll!!) so we took him a card and a vid The Canadian-Brother emailed us of his kids telling Grandpa 'happy birthday'. He watched the video on my sister’s phone, then my grandma watched it and then Grandpa said, “Don’t put that away, I want to watch it again!”
Then he told us this story about being on the ship in the Navy during WWII. They had these young kids on board (“Oh yeah, they were definitely kids, these boys were.”) and how they wanted a dog but they knew they weren’t suppose to have one. So unbeknownst to anyone else, they grabbed a dog off the docks one day when they were in port. Once they were back out at sea, they hit a terrible storm and these young boys kept getting sick everywhere. So my grandpa tells them, "Stop thinking about it, you’ll get over it," and one of the guys says, “Can you tell that to our dog?” That’s how Grandpa found out they had a dog onboard.
He said that damn dog was terrible sea-sick and at their next port, the boys unloaded it onto the dock.
In other family news, The Nephew is awesome. He is really into Teen Titans right now (The BFF bought him season 1 & 2 for Christmas).
TN: Who is your favorite? My favorite is Beast Boy.
Me: I’m not sure I can pick, I like Robin and Raven.
TH: You could eeny-meeny-miny-mo it.
It’s his new answer to everything lately, you can just decide by eeny-meeny-miny-mo. I called him a few days ago and asked if he had watched anymore Teen Titans and he said, “Yes, I have all four now but I didn’t like the very last episode. It wasn’t very good.” He is a very opinionated 5 year old.
He also is really into Les Miserables the musical, which I know is weird for a kid his age. When I was 18 and The Little Brother was 13, we went to NY to visit The Canadian Brother (who I guess would have been The NY Brother then) and he took us to see our one and only Broadway play, Les Miserables. Now my little brother at the time was into hardcore punk like The Misfits, etc. But he got so into this musical, we both did. We listened to it obsessively and it is still my favorite musical to date. Anyways, he was never ashamed to be listening to it when his punk skater friends came over. He even got one of them really into the music from the play. He actually read Victor Hugo’s book at the age of 14, he loved the story so much.
I guess he is still really into it because now his kid is as well. The Nephew says to me the other day, while we are in the living room playing video games, “Hey, do you know who Gavroche is? I like his song,” and then proceeds to sing it for me - the whole thing. There were a few words he kind of slurred, either because he didn’t know the words or he was trying to imitate the accent...but this is serious business for a 5 year old to be singing, it’s not Raffi or whatever five year olds listen too these days. Then he says his other favorite song is “One Day More” and I said, “Yeah, but that’s hard to sing because there are so many people singing so many different parts,” and he says, “No, I just sing the one day more part,” but then he proceeds to start singing all of Jean Valjean & Enjolras, the revolution leader’s, lyrics.
I mean, seriously, who is this kid and how did he get so awesome? I was so impressed. If he wasn’t so shy about cameras, I would audio record it and upload the audio for you all. He is so damn cute, my Little Man.
If you don’t know Les Miserables and why it is impressive that he was singing these songs…I shall now give you video.
This is One Day More, which is probably my favorite song of them all, although Do You Hear The People Sing holds a close second. I like the big ensemble numbers a lot. I get all goosebumpy. Once I saw a New Years Eve performance and after One Day More, ushers came down the aisle offering drinks and the cast came out on the stage and made a toast. It was midnight exactly during the intermission, it was really cool.
In final news, Tivo has recorded another bad SyFy movie starring Jason London for me, this one is called “Snow Beast”. It also has John Schneider. So that’s on for this week sometime in my viewing schedule. I know, I have a sickness, I can't stop watching bad SyFy movies.