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Gandpa’s Prize

June 7, 2007 by  
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Grandpa’s Prize
By Jan Ross

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


“Oh, Grandpa Bennie, take me please, I promise to be good! I’ll even bait the hooks for you And do just as I should!”
The old man looked down at the child Big tears welled in his eyes, “I’d love to take you with me but We must say our goodbyes.”
“But, Grandpa Bennie, I’ll help you! I’ll even row the boat!” “Now hush, my little fisherman…” A lump caught in his throat.
Old Grandpa Bennie kissed the lad And hugged him oh, so tight; Then turned and headed out the door, And drove off out of sight.
While on the way to meet his friends He felt so bad to break The heart of one who loved him so To meet friends at the lake.
A single tear rolled down his cheek As Bennie reminisced The days of his own childhood marked With pain from things he missed.
A vivid mem’ry of when Pa Woke him with a surprise … “Today we’re going fishing, son! This day’s for just us guys!”
The echoes of his Mama’s cries When Pa went off to war. Life changed the day they got the news He’d see his Pa no more.
Then suddenly he stopped the car… Old Bennie could not wait; He turned and headed toward the house And stopped to buy some bait.
He saw a special fishing pole Made just for little guys. Along with that he found a cap That read “I’m Grandpa’s Prize”
As Bennie drove back to the house He prayed, “Lord, give me time To build more precious memories Before my life resign.”
As Bennie turned up toward the house His heart began to race; A grandson’s love made life worthwhile … An innocent’s embrace.
That day the two, while hand in hand, Set out to catch some fish. But Grandpa Bennie’s loving gift Fulfilled his grandson’s wish.
“Here, Grandpa Bennie, it’s for you … I baited it … here, look!” “Now, that’s my little fisherman…
Let’s watch them bite that hook!”
The day of fishing quickly passed “I’m ready to eat fish! We’ll clean them up and take them home… They’ll make a tasty dish!”
Back home that night his Grandpa asked While eating fish and fries, “What was the best part of your day?” “Just being Grandpa’s Prize!”

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