He's quite the character. A hundred years is a long time, and he's seen so many things. I can't even imagine.
Yes, Grandpa Carl is his own man, often says exactly what he's really thinking, and has a sense of humor to match. Never really demonstrative, we still all know he loves us.
One notable quote from him is
"When I was born I was 3/4 German and 1/4 Finnish. Once I got married I was ALL finished.
Ok, one more - Remember, Grandpa's last name is Graef (sounds like graph), and oh does he get mileage out of that name!
Like, 'Want a story to get around town fast? Don't telephone, teleGraef!'
He has passed down so many things to his kids and grandkids, and yes, one thing is that sense of humor. His is sharper than some, but he loves to turn a clever phrase, and a play on words.
My own father has inherited this sense of humor, and of course, what would a blog be without an example?
My dad, the piano player/tuner/repairer - much of his life has been centered around the piano - well he had a surgery a couple weeks ago. Came out fine now,so don't worry. So this Sunday he turns to me and says,
"If I had pianos in my insides, I'd have been able to repair myself - but I only have organs in there."
Get it? Isn't that great? Ok, wait for it, you'll get it... there ya go! You got it now, right?
Yes, don't judge, but the love of a play on words has been passed down to me, too. A bunch of my kids also have this quirk - ok, only one of them, but he's really good at it.
I will wrack my brain for a good play on words, and don't challenge me, my sister, and our two brothers - you'll be there all day watching us bounce off each other with the wordplays. When I get a good one, I imagine what my Dad and Grandpa would think of it. Grandpa would snicker, my dad has more of a guffaw.
So just like kids inherit personality traits from their parents, as a Christian I should have some traits I get from God, right?
What traits of my Heavenly Father do I show?
Knowing right from wrong?
You could add lots more to the list, I'm sure.
Let traits from God shine through, and then sit back and imagine God's reaction when we look just a little like what He would want.