To the editor:
I would like to introduce you to my grandfather. He was from a time before the automobile, indoor plumbing or electricity in our homes. He might best be described as crusty on the outside, a little soft on the inside, but a fair and honest man. Often when he spoke I didn't understand what he was saying, not because he did not speak English, but because he used a lot of parables when he told you something. Part of his crustiness was his habit of saying, "Any darn fool knows," just before he told you something.
The other day after reading The Messenger I must have dosed off, for the next thing I remember is that I'm talking to my grandfather and was asking him, "Have you read the newspaper and do you know what's going on in the world?" He looked at me and with a twinkle in this eye said, "Of course I know what is going on, I'm not dead!" Now that caused me to pause for a moment. I then said, "Sir, what do you think of the people who say, 'I built this business.'" My grandfather who was a farmer answered, "It's OK if a farmer tells you he built a new barn, but any darn fool knows he did not raise that barn by himself." I think, "that's my grandfather" and asked, "What do you think of all the talk about the Affordable Care Act?" His answer was, "Well I know there is good in it for a lot of people and there may be a thing or two wrong with it. but any darn fool knows, you do not throw the baby out with the bath water." I found myself thinking, "It is so good to talk to you again." I then asked him, "What's the right thing to do about the economy?" He thought for a moment and said, "Do you remember that oil lamp we used to light the house at night? Sometimes it would dim because it needed more fuel and any darn fool knows, you put the fuel in the base of the lamp not in the top of the chimney."
Just then I hear ring-gg, ring-gg and think that's the phone. Half awake I pick up the phone and say, "Hello." The person on the phone explained that he is conducting a political survey and would I mind answering a few questions. Still half sleep I answer, "Just a moment I'll let you talk to my grandfather" and hung up. I sure would have like to have gone back to sleep and listened in on that conversation.
Thanks for letting me introduce you to my grandfather.