Many years ago, my Grandfather planted a seed within me that I will never forget. I was around the age of 8 and spent most weekends with my grandparents. Why? Because they spoiled the heck out of me.
Now my Grandfather spent most of his time outdoors in his garden, planting, cultivating and harvesting. He grew everything under the sun, at least it seemed that way to me.
He was a man of few words, so when he spoke, I listened. One day we were sitting on the back porch and he was whittling a stick and chewing tobacco. This was his favourite form of relaxation and reflection after a hard day’s work. And this was usually the time he would say something profound.
Suddenly, he pulled out his gold pocketwatch and gave it to me and said, “it’s yours.” I still have that watch today; like me it runs a little slow. Then he planted a seed within me.
Grandpa told me that he had won the watch in a poker game and then he pointed to a galvanized washtub. That was back in the day when you automatic washer was on the back porch with its hand cranking wringer. After wringing out your clothes, you rinsed them in the galvanized washtubs.
He pointed to the washtub and said this, “Stevie, I ‘ve won a washtub full of money and lost a washtub full of money, gambling. Don’t gamble.” And for the life of me, he never ever mentioned it again