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Grandpa's Knife

Written by Gary E. Anderson

Grandpa’s Knife (fromrepparttar book Spider’s Big Catch) Gary Anderson

Sometimes, when I’m stressed or feelrepparttar 116187 need to refocus, I find myself thinking about my grandpa’s knife. There are people inrepparttar 116188 world who drink or take pills in an attempt to manage stress, and some folks handle their rosary beads.

My grandpa whittled.

My brothers and I could always tell when there was something weighing on Grandpa’s mind. He’d pick up several short sticks, sit onrepparttar 116189 porch swing, and begin to whittle. We could judgerepparttar 116190 size ofrepparttar 116191 problem he was grappling with byrepparttar 116192 size ofrepparttar 116193 pile of shavings atrepparttar 116194 old man’s feet.

As far as I knew, he never whittled anything useful. That was never his purpose. He just took any old stick and began whittling it into a point. Then he’d keep whittling untilrepparttar 116195 stick was too short for him to hold, set it down, and start on another one. I marveled at his ability to focus so intensely, just sitting there, gently rockingrepparttar 116196 porch swing, quietly whittling a problem down to size. Then, as if being guided by some inner signal known only to him, we’d see Grandpa suddenly stand up, and we knew he’d reached a decision. He’d pick up a small whisk broom that always stood besiderepparttar 116197 swing, clean uprepparttar 116198 shavings, and walk away in silence.

There were also times when Grandpa’s knife helped teach us other lessons—lessons that were more difficult to face. No matter what our indiscretion may have been, we boys knew that there would come a time after we’d received our punishment when Grandpa would call us to come and sit with him onrepparttar 116199 porch steps. Holding several sticks in his left hand, he’d reach into his overalls with his right hand and pull out his old knife. Then he’d sit onrepparttar 116200 swing and begin to whittle, slowly and deliberately, never looking at us, never saying a word.

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