Here is to all wrestling fans.
Whenever I go to visit my great-grandparents Luciano (John) and Daisy (and later Doris) Paolini; I would often leave the house hearing about Dada’s wrestling shows on TV or in mazagines. He is major fan of wrestling for many years for as long as I’ve known him.
I call him “Dada” in order to lessen the confusion between the three grandfathers who were still alive then. So it has been a norm for most of the grandchildren to call him “Dada” afterwards.
Back in my childhood years, I remember that we used to playfully arm-wrestle each other just out of fun. We have enjoyed this game and learning to be a sport about losing a few games at times.
Because of the southern accent, Grandma Penny had often said, “Arm wrastle” insteal of Arm wrestle.
I often remembered seeing Dada watching the wrestling shows whenever they become available in the TV schedule. Not a day goes by without him talking about wrestling with another family member or anyone who happens to be a fan.
Dada has often gone to places with Granddaddy George such as partnering to work at the pool installations, truck-stops, puttering around in the various machineries and vehicles, and yard work.
But nothing takes away his first love of wrestling… He watches it. He reads it. He talks about it. And he breathes it.
Over the years, I have enjoyed visiting Dada and Grandma Daisy (and later Doris). Dada is the one who lives by principles and he believes in integrity of the people. There are times that he very wise in his answers to certain topic or issue that he knows about. He is willing to help those who truly needs the help and he makes sure that whoever he helps really appreciates him being there.
Funny that I was the first person to wear hearing aids and then he was the next one to wear hearing aids. Sometimes we share our tales about misplaced hearing devices and distracted noises in hearing aids.
Since I was the one who has lived the years with the eye problems and eye surgeries, then, he comes down with Glaucoma! Funny that we both have the same eye doctor for many years till that doctor had retired and we have gone to different eye specialists.
Anyway; there were times that we would make an effort to visit with Dada and we would just chat. I enjoyed visiting with him as he talks about wrestling among the other topics that floats around the dining room table where we often sit at.
Now that he has passed away in October of 2010; I do miss him even while Ken and I go to visit Grandma Doris. It has not been the same since he has passed away. He has often sat in a certain chair at the dining room table while people visit him. Now Grandma Doris is sitting in that very chair. I miss the wrestling discussion, and the memories of our arm-wrestling games still stays with me.
I am sure that there are memories that I don’t recall about Dada that everyone else still remember about him.
Well, that is about it for now till the next blog entry. Thank you for reading it. Be efficient.