Thursday, January 22, 2009

my most "interesting" family members; part1

this is my Great Grandpa Fairbanks, my mom's grandfather. grandpa fairbanks was a ww1 veteran and had lost one eye on the war. the other eye intact as it was, was rather weak. 

this is how he would watch tv, the binaculars combined with sitting about 5 feet from the screen worked well for him.

now heres a little tale of how he use his handicap to scare kids. one holiday when my cousin jeremy was about four everyone was sitting around the breakfast table in my grandmas old house, now being that the house was old the floors must have tilted slightly because when grandpa fairbanks removed his fake eye and laid it on the table, it rolled right past jeremy and sent him into a fit of hysterics. i suppose its hard to enjoy your pancakes when grandpas eye is staring at you from the butter dish.

5 comments:

diana said...

He certainly was fun to be around. thanks for the flash back it made me smile.

Amanda Jo said...

What a great story....bless his heart. He sounds like quite a man - serving in WWI and playing pranks....love it.

Tricia said...

I remember you telling me about him. I would sooo scare little kids if I had a glass eye! What a hoot!

Marci said...

Bwahahaha! Love it!

Ms. Math said...

Lol! What a wonderful story! Grandpas are such fun people!