Little known facts:
Imma tell you, two great grands can wear you out! LOL The girls are sweet and both getting ready to head for Florida. Stella and her family are headed for St. Augustine. And I suggested to Sherry that we go to Florida in the coach. And give JJr, Ben, and Elsie a ride in the coach. Elsie has never seen the Ocean/Beach so they can sightsee whilest I fix the plumbing error, and Sherry relaxes
So we will head to Florida in the coach in the next few days. I have DVD’s of old 8mm movies etc from Ben’s past They can view.
Ben is the grandson spirited away by his mama and we did not see or hear from him for a few years. We did not know where he was. We received letters saying Ben was well. Each letter was postmarked from a different state. Most mornings I would speak to my recorder in my office to him. I was crazy about that little dude.
Above is Ben when he was spirited away. Below is Ben when Carol allowed us to fly him out from Utah. This is the BIG Birthday party to try to make up for the missed years.
Once when Ben was 12 yrs old I took him back to Utah for court. Just he and I in the coach. I allowed him to pick the nightly stops. On that 2000 miles I let him listen to the tapes. After a few tapes he turned to me and said, “Grandpa, I can’t believe you thought you would never see me again?”
I told him that after a couple years of NO CONTACT, which seemed like forever, I definitely was not sure. The USA is a very big place to start looking for one little boy!
But we did reconnect, I used to call him, “The greatest boy that ever lived.” I said that so much it embarrassed him, I finally reduced it to: TGBTEL. When he was in his upper teens I had to change the B (boy) to YM (young man).