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Grandfather Says: I’m ‘Bout Half

Original oil painting by: Grandfather’s wife

Grandfather says years ago, Grandmother taught piano in the living room. She was, among other things, a model of deportment for the children.

Well, one evening we were enjoying a pitcher of beer and a giant pizza at Pizza hut, when in walked a family including one of Grandmother’s students.

“Oh what will they think of the piano teacher, sitting here with a whole pitcher of beer?” she said.

“I’ll take care of it,” Grandfather replied. He said that a lot, in those days — his performance: variable.

West Virginians have a saying: “I’m ’bout half,” which means “I’m not at my best.”

So, as they left, Grandfather announced: “Don’t worry. We’re each ’bout half, so she’ll steer and I’ll work the pedals.”

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About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian from West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.

Photos: Courtesy of the Blakeslee Family

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