When Did My Grandpap Get Here?


I have arrived at the stage in life when I can’t get up from the floor (or tie my shoes) without making a particular noise. I can remember Grandpap making the same noise.  It’s a loud exhale mixed with a grunt.  It’s similar to the sound made by Olympic weight lifters.  The difference is that they are lifting thousands of kilos and I am doing my best to stand up without looking like a beached whale.  Last night I was on the floor playing with my six-year-old daughter before bedtime.  I stood up and made the customary standing-up noise.  She asked if I was alright.  I said, “I’m fine just getting old.  Try not to ever become old, kiddo.”  “I try really hard Pops but I can’t stop it.”  I hope medical technology finds a way to eliminate old man noises by the time my kids are old enough to make them.  

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