• Cheryl

    What a great story! I can just picture it. What a happy memory!

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Cheryl — thank you. It makes me happy to share it with you. I’m glad you could picture it, as the memory is still vivid and fresh to me. I wish you could have been there. 🙂

  • Oh yes; happy happy happy memories abound in my own childhood. And then they also continue through life don’t they? Thank goodness for those memories which we can access any time we want. Great story Pat. Susan, thanks for introducing us to Pat.

    • Pat Ruppel

      You’re welcome, Patricia — thank you. I’m glad to hear you have happy childhood memories, too. They’re fun to draw on from time-to-time and warm our hearts.

  • Along Came Mary

    What a FUN story, Pat!! Your Grandparents look too fun. Thanks, Susan, for having such a great guest post today!

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thanks Mary — I’m glad you enjoyed it. They were fun and to this day still the loves of my life. The memory is just as fresh as if it were yesterday. 🙂

  • A story to add a little sunshine to a summer morning.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Ken. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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  • Pat Ruppel

    Thank You, Susan. I’m truly honored to be your guest and contribute this story. I hope it makes your readers happy and brings a smile to their faces.

    (P.S. I shared to spread the love and hope others will come over here.)

    • Aw, it my please Pat. I’m the one that’s honor to have you on my blog. 🙂

      • Pat Ruppel

        You bet, Susan. It’s fun to be here. Thank You!

  • Niekka McDonald

    Such a nice story. With everything I have going on right now this was a prefect read.

    • Pat Ruppel

      I’m happy to share, Niekka, and glad to hear it made your day a little brighter. 🙂

  • Jacqueline Gum

    I found myself chuckling too, just imaging the sight of it!Thanks for sharing that memory…made me smile:)

    • Pat Ruppel

      You had to be there, Jacqueline — priceless. They were the best times. I’m happy it made you smile. 🙂

  • A great story it made me feel happy and I had a giggle as well

    • Pat Ruppel

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Jo-Anne. I can still picture the whole scenario going down in my mind’s eye and have to laugh (out loud) — something they’d put in movies. Thank you for reading. 🙂

  • Great imagery. If I had to pick a happy happy happy memory it would be when I used to ride my stickhorse Bucky around the neighborhood. I’m sure all the neighbors thought I was a possessed little kid, but I was having too much fun to care.

    • Pat Ruppel

      That sounds like fun, Jeri. I can picture that . . . riding around the neighborhood on a stickhorse. Those were the days. Thank you for reading.

  • Lois@livingsimplyfree

    Pat, very funny story and a wonderful memory to hold on to. It would be hard not to laugh at the situation but it sounds like your grandmother had a good sense of humor.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Lois – thank you for reading and I’m glad you enjoyed it. It is a wonderful memory — one of many. My grandmother was one of a kind. We were very close and miss her every day. 🙂

  • Laurie Hurley

    Loved this story! A happy happy happy memory for me was when my father bought a boat, knowing nothing about boating, and promptly broke his wrist when trying to reel it in from the shore. He was OK, but the vision was hysterical. He’s just not an outdoorsman and we never could figure out what got into him to purchase that darn thing.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Laurie — Thank You! I’m happy you stopped by and enjoyed the story. Sounds like you had similar memories of a boat with your father. I’m glad he was okay after it was all said and done. But, I’m sure the picture of it still remains when you close your eyes and think about it. Same with me. Funny, how that is. 🙂

  • What a fun read…it’s always a treat to walk down memory lane and visit the happy times. I have many happy memories of me and my cousins, aunts and uncles as a young girl (particular in the summer months, when it seems like there is so much more fun stuff to do!!)

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Michele – it is a treat to walk down memory lane and remember those happy times. Like you, I have good memories with my cousins, too, and grandparents and write about some of them. I’ll bet you have some good stories to tell.

      Thank you — I’m happy your enjoyed the story.

  • Meredith Wouters

    What a happy memory, made that way by grandparents who were able to laugh at themselves. That in itself is a gift! You’ve brought to mind too many happy grandparent stories to pick just one. Even seeing the picture of yours made me nostalgic for mine. Thanks for sharing.

    • Pat Ruppel

      You’re so right, Meredith. Thank You! It is a gift when you can laugh at yourself. Grandmom did that well — life and love just oozed from her. She was so real and I loved her for it.

      I’ll bet you’ve got some good grandparent stories you could tell. It would be fun to hear some of them. 🙂

  • wendy mccance

    Great story!! Happy to see your story here on Finding Your Way Now.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Wendy — Thank You! I’m happy to see you here, too. I’m glad you liked the story, though I know you’ve probably read it before from my site. It’s good to see you over here visiting Susan.

  • One of those life experiences from which there is just no graceful exit. Nice that your Gran had such a happy outlook on the situation and was no worse for wear.

    • Pat Ruppel

      No graceful exit that’s for sure, Derrick. Thank you for reading. You’re right she was no worse for wear and always looked for the silver lining.

  • Your are so fortunate to have such happy memories of funny times with your grandparents. I think it is great that your grandparents were able to teach you to laugh at yourself.
    One of my funny moments was where my father was bragging to us all that he was a great photographer. He even had a dark room in his house. We had gone to the Grand Canyon where we left the photogrpahy to my father. We get home ready to watch our adventures to find out that my father had is camera on while he was walking so the whole trip was the sound of gravel and dirt and seeing his feet and the ground and nothing else. We all were laughing so hard we had tears streaming down our faces. Needless to say Mother threw the tape away.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Oh my, Arleen — that must have been embarrassing for your father. I thought you were going to say he forgot to take off the lens cap.

      I remember I was taping at my daughter’s wedding rehearsal and forgot to turn it off when I put the camera in the car trunk. Same thing, but instead of the sound of gravel and dirt, it was a humming trunk sound. Duh — sharing those laughs with you. Thank you for reading. 🙂

  • Sue Hines

    A wonderful little slice of life – viewed with lively and intelligent eyes. Thank you for the very human reminder.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Sue. I’m glad you enjoyed the story. It was a wonderful event to remember — those little slices of life that makes it all worth it.

  • Jon Jefferson

    I never really knew any of my grand parents. Which finds me in a strange position in life now. My parents were old (though strangely not by today’s standards) when I was born. My dad was in his early 40s which now I see this has become a normal time for people to start a family. I was the last of four children.

    My parent’s parents lived through the great depression and a history of turmoil so most were gone by the time I could ever remember them. The only one I had was my mother’s mother who lived in Florida. I never really had a chance to build a relationship with her.

    In contrast my wife and I started our family when we were young, our early 20s. My kids have had the opportunity to know both sets of grand parents, though both of my wife’s parents are gone now. And my oldest daughter is building her family now. So my parents have the opportunity to know their great grand children and with any luck the great grand kids will get to know them for a time as well. And I get to know my grand kids too.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you for reading, Jon. I can relate to what you’re saying, in part. Though, I was close to my grandparents on my mother’s side. I never knew my grandparents on my father’s side, as they died when I was newly born.

      My dad’s parents were from Scotland and I can faintly remember her holding me and her strong Scottish accent. I did learn some things about them and was able to make some connections from distant cousins around the world. You do lose a lot of history, when you miss that chance of being with them.

      I’m glad you’re starting a new tradition for generations to come with your children having the chance to know both set of grandparents. There’s nothing like having a grandmom and grandpop you’re close to. Way to go.

  • Thanks for the chuckle and I’m glad your grandmom was so good natured and able to laugh. I can think of a few people where if that happened, it wouldn’t have made for such a good memory. My nine year old nephew has recently taken up whistling. And it causes me to pause for a moment and smile as my great grandpa would have a knack for doing that.

    • Pat Ruppel

      You’re welcome, Christina. I’m happy the story made you chuckle. Grandmom was a happy soul and never took herself seriously. I didn’t realize how special that was then but I do now.

      Maybe the pause you take when you hear your nephew whistling is your great grandpa’s way of saying hello — a message to be free.

  • I have a lot of happy childhood moments when I was surrounded by the love of my family, sisters, brothers, cousins, uncles aunts and many others. This does not happen anymore as a result of relocations to various parts of the world caused by changed in economics.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Welli — thank you for reading and I’m glad you had many happy childhood moments with family. That’s special and very dear — actually, a gift.

      There are many that don’t have those moments to draw on even as they grow up and move on in their lives. You can bring that joy into whatever you’re doing these days. You have that feeling. What a blessing. I hope this little story will help you remember those happy times wherever you’re at now.

  • Adrienne

    Hi Pat and welcome to Susan’s blog.

    I thoroughly enjoyed your story and was picturing my own grandmother falling into the water. She wouldn’t have been laughing I’m afraid and if granddaddy knew what was best for him he wouldn’t be laughing either. I’m sure I would have been though.

    My fondest memories are of my Dad telling us funny stories about his Dad. He passed away when I was only five years old so I don’t remember him at all. He did have a ton of funny ones though and no matter how many times I heard them I still laughed at them all.


    • Pat Ruppel

      Thank you, Adrienne. Makes me happy you enjoyed the story. I’m having a hard time picturing your grandmother, though. She sounds to be so different from mine and, you’re probably right, in that she wouldn’t have enjoyed falling in.

      Your Dad reminds me of myself in telling these stories to my daughters growing up and now my grandchildren. Sometimes, I think I get a bigger kick out of them than they do. Guess, you had to be there. They were fun times. 🙂

  • Valerie Remy-Milora

    Thanks for sharing this sweet moment and putting a smile on my face.. How wonderful that your grandma started laughing instead of felling embarrassed or getting mad! She sounds wonderful! It’s so important to keep that positive attitude 🙂

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Valerie — I’m glad this story made you smile. She was wonderful and so genuine. I don’t know that I’ve ever met anyone quite as comfortable as she was with herself. I don’t think being embarrassed even crossed her mind. It taught me a lot and showed me what being real looked like. Thank You for reading!

  • Jason Butler

    A great story that made me feel good.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Jason — I’m glad you liked it and it made you feel good. I was happy to share it with you. 🙂

  • Andrea Stephenson

    I remember reading this one on your blog Pat, it’s a great story and I can see how it brings back warm, happy memories.

    • Pat Ruppel

      Hi Andrea — I’m glad you enjoyed it even as a repeat. I guess it has made the rounds but thought I’d share it here, again with the hope it will still warm hearts and tickle souls. Thank You!

  • Sherri Matthews

    Ahh, I remember reading this delightful story before Pat, great to see you sharing it here on Susan’s site. Still brings a warm smile to my heart, lovely story my friend 🙂

    • Pat Ruppel

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Sherri, the second time around. It still makes me laugh and warms my heart in remembering. Thank you for reading it over here on Susan’s site. 🙂

  • Debra Yearwood

    Great story. Isn’t it funny how little disasters like this one stick in our memory? It’s almost as if we just can’t believe it could happen to an adult. Your grandmother’s reaction was perfect.

    • Pat Ruppel

      So true, Debra, in how these memories can be so vivid, as if we can still hear and see them unfold — in slow motion — captured in time.

      You’re right, my grandmother’s reaction couldn’t be more perfect. Still makes me chuckle when I remember it. I wish you could have been there.

      Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. I’m happy you enjoyed my little story of long ago.