If you’re going to have a superhero in your life, it can prove to be really handy if you're both on the same wavelength. But I’m not talking about the muscle-bound alter egos of Clark Kent or Bruce Wayne. I’m making reference to those senior family members who buck the trend and narrow the distance between the generations...yes, extraordinary Grandparents!
To me, my maternal Grandparents were extraordinary, without wearing their underpants over their tights, at least not intentionally. My Grandfather was an uncomplicated man who made a big impression on me. Once, at a country show, he made a particularly big impression by hammering home a six inch nail with three blows. His reward, a prize of sixpence. Imagine the little me, walking about with my chest puffed, wearing an expression that read, ‘that's my Grandad, that is’.
My Grandmother wouldn't be outdone. She not only possessed the capacity to confound and alarm, she could also make her mark with insatiable curiosity and unbending determination. Although coming to IT extremely late in life, she got 'stuck in' with great enthusiasm, demonstrating a quick grasp of mouse and keyboard. She continued to surprise us all until her eyesight failed at around the age of 90. But she had enjoyed a lifetime of producing horticultural wonders, with the aid of her green fingers, and was also a published author of many articles on life in the countryside.
Recently, in the news, my attention was drawn to two more senior family members, neither one connected to me in any way, but they’ll be someone’s superheroes, no doubt. The first, 62 year-old Paul Marshallsea, who wrestled with a 6ft shark as it headed for children playing at the edge of the sea. And secondly, Hilda Knott, a gamer of these past forty years, still rising to the challenge of solving puzzles, having adventures and polishing off the baddies, as she approaches her 85th birthday.
Which of your senior family members made a big impression on you?