Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Best Grandpa story ever!!
Sent by one of my parents' best and "oldest" friends:
"A Timely Review of a Good Story about Grampa Neal"
At the time, Neal and Jane (“a single couple,” as we used to jokingly refer to couples without kids) were living next door to us at Lomalinda (LML) in the Miller’s home. I had managed to get several half gallons of Crem Helado ice cream safely from Bogota to LML without melting and had them stored in our upright freezer. As usual, it was a blistering hot day and, for some reason that I don’t remember, Jane was gone from LML.
I told Neal about the ice cream in our freezer and told him I’d like to treat him to a big dish of ice cream. However, I said, I’m only going to open the freezer door once, so he could choose his favorite flavor (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry) and tell me just how many scoops of ice cream he would like to have. “Don’t hesitate,” I told him, “tell me how many scoops you’d REALLY like to have.”
Neal immediately told me his flavor would be chocolate. But it took a little urging to get him to confess how much ice cream he’d like. I told him I knew he was a big guy (then about 235 pounds of muscle) and I expected he might enjoy a fair amount of ice cream, and that it was OK to tell me what he really wanted. Finally, he said it: “Five scoops.”
I couldn’t help but smile as I dished them up – five big scoops of ice cream. And I’m smiling now, having just read about the chocolate yogurt supplied by Neal to his grandchildren. I can picture the look on his face as he decided not to wait any longer to bring them into the world of chocolate. There is also something familiar about the number “five” and I can’t help but wonder if, sometime back, a smiling Heavenly Father was having a conversation with Neal much like mine, but not about scoops of ice cream. “How many would you REALLY like,” God might have asked.
- Frank Morgan (or "Morgbomb")
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