Remember the Days of Old

When I was growing up my grandfather, Bob Bradley would often come by the house for a visit, either on his way to, or on his way from a game of dominos that some of the older men in town worked up just about every day. As soon as he came in the door, my mother asked him the same thing every time, “Daddy, do you want a cup of coffee?” And he gave the same answer every time, “Don’t mind if I do.”  If you’re like me, some of the most precious memories we have of years gone by are not necessarily “big things”. They are the common things of everyday life. They are spontaneous, casual and real. They happen over a cup of coffee, a shared meal or a chance meeting at the store or post office.  Last year Shirley came up with an idea for an old dresser that belonged to my grandfather that has been in the garage for years. She decided to make a coffee bar out of it. So she did. For the crowning touch, she made a plaque for the top shelf which reads, “Don’t Mind If I Do”. That coffee bar is the material possession I value most. Because it not only serves my love for coffee, but because it reaches back and touches those days gone by. Next to the sign on the top shelf are coffee cups that belonged to our grandparents, a little coffee grinder, etc.

 “Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.” (Deuteronomy 32:7) 

Brad Fry

Published in: on January 23, 2017 at 8:46 am  Leave a Comment