my grandfather made vanilla ice cream from scratch every time we came to visit. to this day, no other ice cream of my entire life has ever matched up. he worked all his life for Union Pacific Railroad and is the reason all the Willett grandkids have a lifelong passion for trains.
His wife, my grandma Melita, was my dad's stepmom. God, I miss them. Granddad had terrible hearing but a perfectly good memory, and Grandma Melita had mild dementia but her hearing worked fine, so they used to joke that together they added up to one basically functional person.
Sometimes, just to fuck with her, Granddad would elaborately and performatively turn his hearing aids all the way down while she was in the middle of telling him to do something, which usually got him swatted with a pillow.
They lived about an hour outside Portland, in a town called The Dalles (non-Oregonians will I'm sure only have heard of it if you watched the Netflix doc "Wild Wild Country"), on top of a hill, and their house had an absolutely unparalleled view of the Columbia River Gorge.
Somewhere, in one of the many photo boxes scattered around all the various Willett homes, there's a picture of Grandfather, my dad, and my brothers at my college graduation, sitting in a row, in profile, and you can see they all have the exact same nose.
anyway I miss them

all three of my living grandparents died within five years of my mom dying and tbh that's just unfair
I think a lot about my grandfather these days (his name was Glen) because he was such a good and kind and loving man, and so is my dad. I grew up with men who cooked, who were caretakers, who said "I love you", who listened with empathy, so that was and is what I expect of men.
dad's family: straight-talking, blue-collar union Democrats with macrame plant hangers, an RV in the yard, and zero tolerance for bullshit

mom's family: tea-drinking city Catholics with eight different Christmas trees and walls full of Jesus art who never just say what they mean
we'll cover the Laskowskis in my next grandparent thread and discuss how I was raised to believe that when you are shopping for dishes it is never worth buying less than service for sixteen people, just in case an emergency dinner party breaks out at the last minute

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