|Grandpa Claude looking very cute|
in his baby dress
But anyway, today I am going to show you some pictures and tell you a little bit about Grandpa Claude. He was born in a small town called Decatur, Arkansas, which is way up in the northwest corner of the state, like almost in Oklahoma. The population of Decatur in 2000 was 1,314, but I don't know what it was back in 1911, when Grandpa Claude was born.
|A 1940 picture of the house |
where Grandpa Claude grew up
My Great-Aunt Winnie was Grandpa Claude's little sister. They lived with their mom and dad on a farm, and they tried to grow stuff, but it was hard because the ground was very poor and rocky. Also the family had chickens, and they might have had a few cows, just for milk and a little meat.
|This school was already not being used in 1940|
|Grandpa Claude with his Plymouth|
Grandpa Claude met Grandma Helen in 1940, and after a few months, they got married. But Mom didn't get born until 12 years after that. The reasons why Mom didn't get born for such a long time were (1) Grandpa Claude and Grandma Helen were living in a tiny, 2-bedroom house with Grandpa Claude's mom and dad, and (2) Grandpa Claude didn't think he wanted to have kids.
|Mom goes for a ride|
But then a sort of "oops" happened, and Grandma Helen got pregnant. And even though Grandpa Claude didn't think he wanted to be a daddy, he turned out to be one of the best daddies ever. At least that's what Mom says. Grandpa Claude used to take Mom for bike rides and play badminton with her and tickle her and buy her fun stuff and take her to fun places (like the zoo). Also he was the kind of dad who could fix anything that broke, and he could make all kinds of stuff out of wood, such as barn blocks and bookcases.
Grandpa Claude enjoyed doing stuff like going fishing and working in the garden. He also liked to make all kinds of things. After he retired in 1976, he learned how to do woodcarving, and he also learned how to make things out of stained glass. He liked to watch funny sitcoms on TV and read magazines about health and nutrition.
|One of Grandpa Claude's|
It can take many years for Parkinson's to get really, really bad, but it always does, in the end. Unless you die from something else first. So finally, Grandpa Claude had to go live in a nursing home because Grandma Helen wasn't strong enough to keep taking care of him. Then, after six months of living in the nursing home, Grandpa Claude died of pneumonia, but he probably wouldn't have got the pneumonia if he hadn't had the Parkinson's. Mom was sad when he died, but she was also glad he wasn't suffering anymore. Mom likes to remember Grandpa Claude when he was young and strong and could make things and fix things and play softball with her. Maybe, if Grandpa Claude had not had Parkinson's, he would be alive today to celebrate his 100th birthday. But probably not, since very few people live to be 100.