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Mad Jack Hanks: TALES FROM THE O-NO RANCH 10-

There are no manuals that instruct one on how to be a grandparent. I think it's just one of those deals where you learn by trial and error and by watching and listening to others.

It's different when you are the grandpa (in my case) than when Little Miss Martha and I raised our two kiddos. As I have stated in this column before I adore little kids, especially babies.

I was watching a little toe headed kid in the post office with his mom just the other day and it made me somewhat joyful just to watch him tag along and pretend he knew all that was going on around him. He was maybe two or three and walked with an abundance of authority and confidence. I wanted to be his grandpa just for a few moments and just pick him up and give him a good ol' grandpa hug.

I didn't really get the grandparent experience when I was small. My dad's folks had already passed before I was born. My mom's folks were seemingly really old and lived in an old house on the outskirts of Lubbock, Texas. I never saw that grandpa out of bed as he was always sickly. I just remember him laying there with watery eyes and trembling hands and not being able to speak above a whisper. He had been sick for a number of years as a result of a bout with whatever, I don't remember plus he had been bitten by a rattlesnake on their ranch years before and mostly treated it himself with the help of family members. No anti venom was available back then. My grandma was a sweet little woman who always had sugar cookies baked when we came by. Always in an apron with her hair in a bun like you would expect a farm wife to be in the 50s.

I was watching a little toe headed kid in the post office with his mom just the other day and it made me somewhat joyful just to watch him tag along and pretend he knew all that was going on around him. I wanted to be his grandpa just for a few moments and just pick him up and give him a good ol’ grandpa hug.

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I have worked on being a good grandpa ever since the first one was born 16 years ago. I have six and the youngest are twins and they are 11. The others with the exception of my sweet little granddaughter who is handicapped are starting to date on a limited basis. Wow! That just means that the last 16 years have passed by seemingly so fast I'm still feeling the breeze from it all. What a bunch of great kids all of them. I am one proud grandpa and I miss grandma not being here to share in this joy that they bring to me. It used to be that they always wanted to go out to grandpa's and spend the night. Not any more and I knew this day would arrive and I'm good with it. It just means that I get to look forward to being a great grandpa one of these days. I can't hardly wait!

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I'll c y'all, all y'all. ❖