silver dollars

“I don’t recollect a lot of birthdays. Didn’t really celebrate ’em when I was a boy.” Pa turned 70 today. “I’d get a year older and not even know it ’til a month later when one of my uncles’d come around.”

I heard my grandmother in the background. Reminding him of the birthday he does remember.


“Well, I don’t know if it was my birthday,” he told her, “But it was there abouts. My Uncle Newt gave me a brand new silver dollar. If I had to pick one best birthday, and one best present, it’d be that one.” Pa cleared his throat. It was 6am and he was watching Walker Texas Ranger. “That was alot of money back in them days. Even for a grown man. And I was just a boy.”

I flipped through the family photo album in my head. Trying to recall the face of a man named Newt.

“He was my favourite uncle. Uncle Roy was the fiddle man. Uncle Newt was the money man. So he was kinda special.” Pa laughed and I could hear his lungs.


“You know, the Lord just promises us 70 years,” he said.

“That may be,” I told him. “But I reckon if anyone’s got any extra graces saved up, it’s my Pa.”

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  • Wife de dingus
    Jun 25, 2006 at 16:59

    I absolutely love the diversity and writing in your blog!

  • David
    Jun 25, 2006 at 21:35

    Hmmm…if the Lord only promises us 70 years, I wonder what the people who live longer did to get there…

    And I love how one of your Pa’s most treasured pieces is worth only a dollar (well, a dollar back then)…just goes to show, it doesnt matter the cost of the gift, just the thought!

  • Buffy
    Jun 25, 2006 at 21:38

    David…be good to their mommy and daddy no doubt. 🙂

    I’ve heard several old timers back in the mountains say this ’70 years’ thing. They latch onto the prayer from Moses, and I let them, because they’ve lived longer than me, and because I don’t argue about another man’s religion.

  • misstraceynolan
    Jun 26, 2006 at 14:03

    Those photos are wonderful. He seems like a real peach…!

  • Stephanie
    Jun 26, 2006 at 14:10

    I think this is really special!

  • deni
    Jun 26, 2006 at 15:46

    Very nice blog and writing here. I like.

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. 🙂

  • Dawn (webmiztris)
    Jun 26, 2006 at 17:21

    sweet… 🙂

  • CeCe
    Jun 26, 2006 at 17:30

    Youre Pa was awfully cute as boy!

  • Maria
    Jun 26, 2006 at 19:22

    You look like your Pa.

  • Jana
    Jun 27, 2006 at 14:50

    Very cool, photos and all! Something about b&w photos…

  • vina
    Jun 28, 2006 at 9:28

    hehehe, he’s so cute, and he has a very special smile that could light up anyone’s day!

  • carmen
    Jun 28, 2006 at 12:18

    Happy belated birthday to your Pa. I like the photos. 🙂

  • kim
    Jun 28, 2006 at 12:34

    Love his smiling eyes.

  • lee (leann)
    Jul 6, 2006 at 23:28

    We really do have a great Pa.. Happy Birthday Grandpa.