"My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn." ~Louis Adamic
"My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there." ~Indira Gandhi
My immigrant influenced, paternal grandpop's vocal inflection sounded so much like the fictional Two Thousand Year Old Man, I'd have sworn Mel Brooks whole bit was based on an impersonation of David E. Peck. Shortly after retiring, he had a serious heart attack. To help him take it easy, and spend time by the sea-shore, my Grandma Ida arranged a move to a small apartment in Atlantic City, N.J.
The first meal we ate at their apartment, my grandpop stopped me from tossing the table scraps in the trash, and gently redirected them to a well worn, brown paper bag. "Robbie" he said, ruffling my hair kindly with his calloused fingers, "Come. I've got something to show you." "What is it Grandpa?" "It's a miracle." With that he led me outside, across the boardwalk, and down onto the beach. Halfway to the Ocean's edge he stopped, smoothed a spot in the sand and motioned for me to have a seat. He strode ahead some twenty paces closer to the surf, squatted down, split open the paper sack, and neatly spread out the leftovers. He walked back, sat beside me and pointed to the sky. Wordlessly we waited and watched... for what? I wondered.
Several minutes went by. Then a lone Seagull started circling above us. "Shh Robbie" he whispered conspiratorially, "I'm tellin ya sonny boy, one gull spies the crumbs- and they'll come by the hundreds." Sure enough within seconds, the sky started to fill with what seemed an entire flock of flapping, white winged birds swiftly swooping down to devour the scraps. Beaming like a magician, my grandpop held out his hands and cried: "Presto, what'd I tell ya Robbie, it's a miracle!"
Today, I'm looking at life's little moments of magic through the eyes of David E, warmed by the memory of how his "trick" with the table scraps didn't dim with repetition - but instead became transformed into a ritual that never failed to transfix him.... transcending the boundaries of age, keeping his childlike spirit perpetually alive, and eternally appreciative.
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