GRAND Magazine - May/June 2012 - (Page 6)

Pop-Pop memories of my grandparents By aManda Koehler My Pop-Pop called me this week. “So, my girlfriend is pregnant,” he said, sighing.” But I’m not the father!” That “girlfriend” he was talking about is Jersey Shore’s “Snooki.” My Pop-Pop is 83 years old, but when I talk to him, he’ll freely discuss Snooki, Lady Gaga s or Charlie Sheen. In that way and many others, ll age and for a a gr he’s no ordinary grandpa. He still goes to work six days a week at the auto body shop he owns. He goes to the casino at 4:30 a.m. every Sunday. He goes dancing (and has won jitterbug contests), bowling and golfing. He has a Yuengling lager and a Hershey chocolate bar every night as a snack. My oldest memory of him is us driving around in his car, blasting his favorite song: “I Like to Move It” by Reel 2 Real. You’re invited! — to conNot only is my Pop-Pop hilarious and fun, tribute reminiscences and but he has the biggest heart of anyone I’ve anecdotes about your grandever met. He loves all his grandchildren and parents (300 words or less). great-grandchildren, especially the babies. Our editors will select some You can find him at any family function on submissions to publish in the sofa, cradling the newest addition to the GRAND Magazine, on grandKoehler family. He has dressed up as Santa or on mywellon Christmas for his grandkids (even though, our sponsor’s his raspy Santa voice was a little scary). website. Submit to GRAND by And he even took in my sister when she had email here. nowhere else to go. Whether he’s working hard at his shop or throwing out the first pitch at a local farm baseball team’s game for his 80th birthday, Pop-Pop is a man that people of all ages can admire. Amanda Koehler is a full-time editor and a freelance writer. “Memories of My Grandparents” is sponsored by My Well-Being Powered by Humana. 6 GRAND May June 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - May/June 2012

GRAND Magazine - May/June 2012
Summer Camp Safety
Grand Central
So Sexy So Soon (book excerpt)
The Dalí Museum
Brain Food
Healthy Detoxification
Why You Need Elder Law
Arthur & Carol Kornhaber
Cooking Up Fun
Terrific Toys from Toy Fair
Are You Searching for Support?
Teens & Junk Food
Looking for Love
San Luis Obispo Mission Plaza

GRAND Magazine - May/June 2012