Hidden Candies, Corsages, and Life at the Height of a Steering Wheel: Remembering Grandaddy Part 5
Post by Onna Carr
After Grandaddy passed away, Thor was sold again to my father, who used the truck to drive
around town and as a party truck to take guests for rides up and down the dirt road our three-acre
hobby farm when I turned nine. The kingpins then gave out, and he was always planning to fix them,
but never did, so now Thor sits in a spot under “my pear trees” as I used to call them, awaiting
kingpins to help him come to life again.
Sometimes, I wonder what "later" looks like? Will it be in ten years when my own daughter
slips into that dress and dances her own dance surrounded by those she loves and who love her at
five and that dress and the sad memories are redeemed into the light of a happy moment? Will my
grandfather's spirit sing on the breeze amidst the laughter of my children? Will “later” include Thor,
with new kingpins as I teach my teenage boys to drive stick because even though we are now “city”
people we are still country at heart? Can you ship a 1959 Ford truck overseas? Who knows? I
might check freight costs when we get closer to our departure.
Though Grandaddy and Gramsey have passed on and their land was sold off, the farmhouse
and the outbuildings remain in the family, although the house is soon to be demolished. No matter if
the original farmhouse is destroyed, or not, I will remember the house as it was with the familiar sight
of the "Gra-gras" coming out of their front door with Gramsey's trademark floral-print top and
"Woohoo" shout and Granddaddy's quiet steadiness as he stood beside her in overalls next to the
perpetual red geranium in the flower pot on the porch, waving hello or goodbye: a true Midwest,
"Nemaste" of sorts. Thor was there, parked in the driveway near the tire swing swaying from the
cottonwood. Thor provided an anchoring point of thunderous reference in the yard and etched
within my memory as if by lighting--never to be forgotten, just like my great-grandfather.
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