Sitting in the high seat of my 1992 teal Astro Van, coined as “Beb” for her license plate of 242-BEB, I turn the ignition on and defrost the windows. Its chilly out. The week of halloween. Ground frosty, leaves crunchy, the season resembles itself a year ago. A year has passed since I gained Beb, but lost an even more important possession. A Grandfather. I shiver at the memories, but soon the heater warms up, the windows defog, and I shift into drive. I have 30 minutes to go. Me and the fake plastic rose bouquet that lies in the passenger seat.
Silence is usually calming for me, but on this day the friend is a little too shaky, a little too sweaty. I turn on the radio, shooing the feeling back two rows of seats. Static still fills my brain, so I fumble with the stereo knob. I figure a little white noise will do some good. The station of 1400 AM announces the “42nd annual meatball buffet with potatoes, gravy and dessert at St. John 's church in Grey Eagle.” Usually this is not the genre I listen too, but when receiving Beb I found out that her radio memory was broken. This entails that every single time I turn her on the same old station my Grandpa used to always listen to plays. As far as stations go it is fairly arbitrary. Sometimes it plays contemporary pop, sometimes country, sometimes it only plays static. The music that I enjoy the most however is the polka music. The tunes always take me back to my Grandpas living room where we would waltz, box and two-step all over the shaggy carpet with music from the Cleveland TV’s Polka Varieties show.
I would lean down and rest my hands on his shoulders. As I grew taller, he seemed to progressively shorten. “We need to start strapping bricks to your head” he would advise. Fo...
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...hain link fence to “click, click, click.” My feet crunch as I walk upon the fallen leaves to the headstone of my grandparents and sit down cross legged. Grass has grown back where my Grandma lay, but a few bald spots…...I pour some of the coffee onto the dirt. I take a swig myself of the pure black coffee. The flavor I did not drink until just about a year ago.
Placing the fake rose bouquet onto the headstone causes the accent of red in the marble to come out; Grandpa 's favorite color. Not only was red the color of his preferred type of tractors,“If it ain 't red leave it in the shed,” he would always say, but also the color of his lucky pin that he used in his favorite game, cribbage.
Taking out my rosary beads I thumb each prayer.
Hail mary full of grace…
The rosary sways back and forth as I meditate and pay tribute to the most influential role model in my life.
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