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CHRISTMAS AND RELATIVES, MAY GOD HELP ME!

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by senior smoke, Dec 22, 2009.

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  1. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    HELLO:
    three years ago i had a relative ask me if it would be ok if he stayed with my wife and I for possibly 2 to 3 weeks. Three years later, he is now moving out of my house. this morning i started to take my relatives bed apart, carried it downstairs, moved the dresser out of the guest room, moved that down stairs. same with the tv, book cases etc. finally i told my wife i am done and this is not the shady rest hotel. no sooner that i said that my wife gets a call from her father. last week he fell and broke alot of bones in his hand and wrist. he flew back to milwaukee and a specialist preformed the surgery. next week he is to get a cast on placed on his hand and wrist and the doctor said he could fly home then. my wife tells her dad that we have the guest room available why don't you stay with us until you completely heal? she said it would be hard for you in texas, living by yourself with the use of only one hand. my father in law asked my wife if it would be ok with me? my wife said he would love to have you stay. my father inlaw asked me the same question and i said no problem. so once again i bring up the bed, the dresser, the tv, and reset up the guest room. i love my father inlaw, and most of my relatives. my father in law said to me how much do i want for room and board while he stays? i said nothing, your family. suddenly my wife starts asking me what is your dream gun? i asked why? i find out that my father in law wants to buy me a nice trap gun for my hospitality. i said i appreciate the thought but i have all the guns i need. infact i started selling some of my guns the other day, all i need is one. i gueess the moral to this story is if you are nice to people it just might come back to you in a nice way. well, i hope all of you have a real nice holiday. i have to go, my father in law wants me to take him Christmas shopping.
    steve balistreri
     
  2. Royce10

    Royce10 TS Member

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    Steve, I am 53 this year and lost my Dad when I was 29. Over the years I have had step-fathers and just plain old friends that are 10-50 years older than me. I seem to get along with them better than I do most people my age. All of those old farts have some wisdom to offer. I have been around families that just seem to shy away from the old ones, and it upsets the shit out of me. I love these old guys,and the stories the family is tired of hearing.

    Let the old guy in, it will make you feel young and him too. I'll bet he makes a great friend. Take care and of course,

    MERRY CHRISTMAS
     
  3. wireguy

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    Well done Steve.
     
  4. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Royce 10:
    i agree with you. my father in law is one of the smartest people i know. just as an example, in the 50's he decided he wanted to build a home for his family instead of renting. he purchased land. only problem was he never built a home before. so he went to the library took out books on how to build a home, electrical, plumbing etc. the only thing he didn't do was dig out the basement. it was a great home, infact, my daughter and son in law and their 3 little boys are now living there. my son in law is a carpenter, he said he did a great job. although they don't know it yet, he is giving them the home for a christmas present. he is a great generous man.
    merry christmas,
    steve
     
  5. JB Logan Co. Ohio

    JB Logan Co. Ohio TS Member

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    Steve, as they say....blood is thicker than water! You did the right thing.

    JB=Jerry Beach 8503917
     
  6. Leo

    Leo Well-Known Member

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    The older generation always seems to appreciate any kindness and are motivated to repay. When I help some older person, I do not want anything from them, but they get their feelings hurt if I do not take anything. On the other side, many in my kids generation (born 75-85) have no problem letting me know they want help, but after you help them, they are seldom even thankful. They never offer to return the favor. Sometimes I could use a hand helping some old widow woman at church move or something, and they couldn't be bothered. I cannot figure out why this entitlement mentality is so wide spread. I am glad to enjoy and respect my elders, although at my age they have to be pretty old to be my elder.
     
  7. 100after9

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    Thank you Steve you let me know there are still good guys out there!!! I would give anything to have both my parents back this year lost both of them. Thank you you brightened my day!!!
     
  8. RobertT

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    My wifes mother and father divorced years ago. 10yrs ago her mother blessed our home until her death 6yrs ago. In October her father who is 85 and has difficulty fending for himself moved in. Guess we may find out if paying it forward really works. Your family is truly blessed to have you as a member Steve.

    Robert
     
  9. Sprinklerman

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    My ex father inlaw came to vist for a week and stayed nearly 6 months. Eat my food drank any booze I had if not locked up and then moved his girl friend in after about the 1st month. Finally had to say this is enough.
     
  10. senior smoke

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    100after9:
    i lost my dad 6 years ago. he was twice the man that i will ever be. he only had a 6th grade education because he quit school when his father died and helped his mom out financially raising 8 children. he was not book smart, but he was a genious when it came to common sense and everday life. he was a garbage man with the city of milwaukee for 38 years. he never missed a day of work, and he was never a minute late. he taught me a big lesson in life. he always said never make fun of what a man does for a living as long as it is honest, as wekk as never make fun of someone unless you have experience walking in their shoes. i hope to someday see him again. i love the holidays, but for us that have lost loved ones it can be tough. merry christmas to all. in a way, this site and shooters are like a family too. we laugh, we argue, but when the chips are down we band together.
    steve
     
  11. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Good morning and Merry Christmas:
    i wish you could have all seen the look on my daughter and son inlaw's face when we were all opening gifts last night and it was their turn. everyone else had wrapped packages to open and all they had was a white envelope. my daughter looked stunned, and her face turned red as she read the card that her grandpa gave to them. my father inlaw wrote in the card that he was giving them the house that they are presently living in. it was priceless, i will always remember the look on their faces of disbelief.
    steve
     
  12. bigdogtx

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    This comes back to Honor Thy Father and Mother,,,,funny how when we honor God's wishes, He trully blesses us.

    Merry Christmas to all.
     
  13. Brian in Oregon

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    Steve, count your blessing. We lost my father in law almost two decades ago, and my own father has very little to do with any of the family. His grandchildren hardly know him, and they're 16 and 20.
     
  14. senior smoke

    senior smoke Well-Known Member

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    Brian:
    maybe things will change, better late with never.
    try to have a good holiday.
    steve
     
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