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18 January 2013 @ 07:48 pm
It's a Small World  
We get quite a few elderly patrons at the library, who come on a very regular schedule.  I always enjoy talking to them.  One married couple came in, and the husband was paying his wife's fines (aw) while bitching good-naturedly at her about it (hee).  He handed me a $10 bill and said, "Hope this is okay."

"Well, of course it is," I answered, a bit confused.

"I mean, I hope it doesn't set off the alarms.  I made that."

I laughed.  "My grandpa does the same thing," I said.

"What?"

"Makes jokes like that.  When we go shopping, he's always pulling out money and saying, 'Here you go, fresh off the press this morning.'" 

The elderly man stares at me, and I'm wondering if I've misinterpreted something.  "Who's your grandpa?" he barks.  "What's his name?"

"Um.  George P----."

He slaps his hand down on the counter.  "WELL GODDAMN, I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH HIM.  QUINDARO ELEMENTARY, GEORGE AND FRANK AND EDDIE.  GODDAMN."  (Frank and Eddie are my Grandpa's brothers, older and younger respectively.)  And then he and his wife go on to talk to me for a solid five minutes about growing up, and losing touch with people they'd gone to school with when WWII started, and how is George by the way, and so on. 

And it was just so neat, that here once a week for two years I've been helping someone who went to elementary school with my Grandpa way back in the early 1930s. 

Of course, I told my Grandpa about it, and told him the guy's name, and he was like, "Hmm...  I guess that sounds familiar..."  And then he told me a story about the time he was throwing rocks at some kid after school and got paddled, lol.
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Wine gums, envy, pieces of rainbow: Tennantqwentoozla on January 19th, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
Wow, that's such a cool coincidence!
Shannon: farscape aerynkungfuwaynewho on January 20th, 2013 12:08 am (UTC)
It was pretty neat! Though it would have been cooler if I didn't still live in the same town where my Grandpa was born and raised, heh.
Nenya Kanadka: [fandom] B5 Sheridan smilenenya_kanadka on January 19th, 2013 07:11 am (UTC)
That is hilarious, and pretty adorable. :D (Alas, I live too far away from the birthplaces of any of my grandparents for this to happen to me. Though my sweetie works in a small enough industry that I've met people who know her.)
Shannon: b5 john c and ckungfuwaynewho on January 20th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
The patron was just so gosh-darn excited! I still can't figure out how "my Granpda pretends to pay with counterfeit bills too" was enough of a tip-off that he knew him, though.
vjs2259: ghibli_heart booksvjs2259 on January 19th, 2013 03:19 pm (UTC)
That's neat. I miss living among people who know my people.
Shannon: fine eyeskungfuwaynewho on January 20th, 2013 12:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, for all that sometimes I miss my college towns, I do like being in the place that feels most like "home," and it's because of little things like this.
14 lines of iambic pentameter: appropriate iconsonneta on January 19th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
Hah! People in my hometown used to ask me about my family from my last name or my appearance, but they'd be asking about my mom, dad, or one of my aunts / uncles.
Shannonkungfuwaynewho on January 20th, 2013 12:11 am (UTC)
I used to do that when I came across a unique last name, but the last two times were epic fails - I think I actually offended one lady? - so I don't ask anymore, heh.
sallycandance on January 19th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
LOL That's just too lovely!

I had a similar encounter when I bought a bunch of stuff for school and paid in cash. The clerk checked my bill for signs of forgery, and I said, "You won't notice it."
She: "??"
Me, "I forge them well."
She needed a moment for the penny to drop, but then she and her co-worker laughed out loud.
Shannon: catskungfuwaynewho on January 20th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
I'm afraid if I ever tried that joke, I'd find myself in the back of a cop car, hee!
Halima: ✿ don't mind your languagecartography on January 19th, 2013 10:23 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's cute! :D Reminds me of that old 'all Italians know each other cliché' we have going on over here, which my father vehemently denies, except when I tell him about 'this Italian who has a restaurant there' he always goes 'oh, I know him!'
Shannon: laundry machinekungfuwaynewho on January 20th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
Haha! My Gamps is kinda the same with Croatian people, hee.
lytab5: Doctor Who | River & The Doctor Yellowlytab5 on January 20th, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, man. That is such a cool thing to happen!
The world is indeed very, very small... :-)