Happy Birthday Granddad!

4/16/2011 7 comment(s)

James Brown 1900 - 1988
Yesterday, April 15th marked my Granddad’s Birthday. James Brown, my father’s father was born on this day in 1900.

Because he was an older Grandfather, I never really got a chance to build a close relationship with him. However, there are many warm memories that I still share. Our family would visit he and my Grandmother every summer. He would always make sure that me and my sisters left with Silver Dollars and sometimes “quiet money” in our pockets. In fact, I still have several coins which have appreciated in sentimental and monetary value over time. Also, my Granddad always had a generous supply of Coca-Cola on hand. And it wasn’t just any old knock off Coke drink. It was real Coca-Cola brand in glass bottles, which as a child tasted so much better than the aluminum cans I was used to. Keep in mind, Flavor-Aid was the drink of choice back home, since it was much less expensive than soda, so it was a real treat when we vacationed in sunny Florida to have sodas available, let alone in the glass bottle with the souvenir bottle cap!

Granddad loved his dogs and it seems as if that family trait has been passed down to my own father and sister. Likewise, his dogs loved him. They seemed to appreciate his gentle and kind spirit, as did I.

All things in life happen the way they do for a reason, but if I could go back in time, knowing the things I know now, I would have sat down with Granddad and found out who HE was. I know who he was as my father’s father, but I mean what his life was like and what made him tick. I wish I could have heard some of his stories of the memories of his life. His branch of my family tree is the one with the most roadblocks. At that time, as inquisitive as I was, I never dared to ask elders any personal questions. You just didn’t do that, if you valued your chops. But looking back now, I don’t think he would have gone for my chops. I think he may have talked to me. (Mom would have knocked my block off later, for such inquiries)

So, for now, Granddad, I hope you are pleased at the untold pieces of your life I have put together so far. And when I am finished, I will write all about it on this blog or perhaps a bigger platform. But for now, I wish you a Happy 111th Birthday. Know that we miss and love you very much.

Until Next Time,


Deanna Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 4:09:26 AM
A lovely tribute to your paternal grandfather. Your memories of him are such treasures. Coincidentally, mine was also born in April 1900 but I didn't have the opportunity to meet him.
Willie C Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 4:10:09 AM
I enjoyed the review on your Grandfather. I sincerely hope you obtain more facts on this gentleman. I also enjoy your unique pensmanship.
Renate Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 4:12:46 AM
This is beautiful, Amy. I never had a grandfather; both of mine were long gone before I was born. I love reading about other people's memories of theirs!

Clarence Haggins Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 4:13:23 AM
Simply beautiful. I wish there really was a time machine so that we could revisit some of those days we had with our love ones.
Earl Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 4:15:48 AM
I, too, knew both my grandfathers, yet never knew them other than grandpa. Well written. Keep it coming.
Sandra Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 4:16:24 AM
Very nice tribute.
Roberta M. Brown Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 4:16:49 AM
I applaud you for this tribute to Mr. Brown. As his daughter-in-law, I can attest to his gentle spirit and generous nature. He loved you girls and always admonished your father and me to "take care of those girls".
Thank you for the memories and the reminder that God loves a humble spirit.


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