(Went out today, Charter boat Trinidad Bay Limited out on rock fish in two hours Watching Elks Head from the ocean, Grandpa)
Isadore Called him Izzy Chewing all day on a fat cigar Looked at lot like Jimmy Durante
His father stowed away on a ship Wasn't going to be a Russian military conscript Genocidal pogroms were coming how he knew we'll never know.
Ended up in Philadelphia town, Scranton Pennsylvania
Moved along to Brooklyn Stubby Izzy fighting it out with the Irish immigrants Dreaming of having a chicken farm over there in New Jersey
Izzy met Grandma Sarah at the family clothing store they fought it out for 70 years The 60's book Games People Play They were the star attraction The friction was the glue that kept them together The friction was the match that lit their passion.
Grandpa Izzy funniest man I ever met Drove an old 48 Ford selling housewares in the Southern route. In the morning far too early Sneaking into his room tickling his feet to the sounds of ohhs and hoho's
At five years old Grandpa Izzy took me fishing on some New Jersey pond - Afternoon sun with yellow colors bringing all the foliage alive
Sun setting fish rising a hand held in mine defined the peace I seek in reoccurring dreams through out a lifetime
A troubled teen all suicidal the drive in the 48 Ford with Grandpa Izzy running down the Malibu pier catching the half day boat before it disappeared
Grandpa Izzy never lived far from a race track I don't know about those losing days but the secret he said Was to never lose your sense of humor Always be able to laugh at yourself
Izzy smoked those big old chewed cigars lived until he was 94
Ended up not knowing Who or where he was
Maybe we all end up that way too
But in my memory there is sharp focus he remains alive in me
If heaven is there I know I'll find Izzy and I on that New Jersey pond, a fishing line and peace inside.
Grandparents are mythic creatures occupying a special place in our lives. I also want to acknowledge some were not so lucky as me, and grandparents were objects of fear and terror. Feel free to share your own experiences.