*Twins giggling* "Grandaddy! Then did you have to put your helmet back on your head??"
"Well, of course you did. You didn't want them snipers blowing your head off!"
"Are you ready to go to the hospital now?"
"Who's going to the hospital?"
"You are. Your stomach is hurting and you said you feel bad and haven't eaten and all?"
"What? I don't think I could eat. My stomach's been bothering me too much. Food would make it worse."
**Darling Daughter** "Grandaddy, here, have some soup. I heated it up for you. It'll make you feel better. Be careful now, it's a little warm."
"Thank you, darlin' I haven't eaten all day."
"I know Grandaddy, here, have some potato, too. It's really good."
Five minutes later..."Should I eat something with my pill? I haven't eaten all day."
He remembers going on patrols, looking for the enemy in the houses,huts and outbuildings of the island...and sometimes finding more interesting things!
"The sergeant...why, he pointed at me and he pointed to a barn...and that meant I was s'pose to go forward and check it. So I went and knocked that door open and uh...I stuck my bayonet up through the loft into the hay bales in case there might be some hiding in there...and instead there was a...there was a mama hog up there! And about four or five baby hogs! And when I hit all up in there with my bayonet, why that hay jumped straight up in the air and they went to squealin'...and I thought it was the Japanese and I was trying to shoot 'em!"
But he doesn't understand what's going on right now.
"Did you find my blood pressure checker?""Yes sir, here it is."
"No, the one with the red button. That one don't work any more.""Ok, here's the one with the red button. Do you want me to help you?"
"Nah...don't need no help. What's it say? My blood pressure is what?""135 over 86, Grandaddy, that's really good!"
"It is? Is that what it usually is? What was it last time?""I don't know, I wasn't here last time you checked it, but it's good right now, don't worry."
Blank stare...looking off to the other side of the room.
"Do you want me to put your blood pressure checker up for you now?""No, I better check my blood pressure real quick in case I need to take my pill."
He turned 88 last month. He's a family treasure. We cherish the moments we have with him. Especially the ones when he remembers. I hope he understands how much he's loved.