Friday, July 01, 2005

Precious Memories...of Grandpa

My office/retreat/study/quiet place/mini library is on the third floor of my grandparent's home. We called it the attic. I call my special place "The Upper Room". It's the spot where I go to read, meditate, study, pray, write and be quiet. Just thinking about going there can relax my spirit.

This morning I was there for a few hours and brought home a portrait of my grandfather, Fred Fisher, to show my family (and everyone who reads this blog). I have many happy memories of Grandma & Grandpa's house. They both loved the Lord and passed along that heritage to my father who was a godly man also. A scripture plaque hung in my grandparent's dining room that read, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in Thee." Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) That memento from my grandparent's home now hangs in our upstairs hall.

Fred Fisher or "Grandpa Fisher" to me

Fifty years ago today I could have been doing any number of things but I may have been at "Grandpa's lot". I'm not sure why it was "grandpa's" and not "grandma's'" because they both spent a lot of time there in the summer. At that time it was on the outskirts of Peterborough but the land was sold many years ago and now Holy Cross High School stands on the site. My siblings and cousins would ride in the trailer behind grandpa's Massey Harris Pony tractor and we'd drive through the fields. That's where I drove my first motorized vehicle and I must confess that I "popped the clutch" so hard one day that the "Pony" reared up and almost threw me off.

We would sell strawberries and flowers from grandpa's lot (and house) at the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. Grandpa would always tell us that they'd "sell like hotcakes".

Grandpa was a tookmaker and spend many years working at the Westclox factory in Peterborough, just up the hill from his home. In later years he'd go across the road to
Fisher Gauge (now called FisherCast Global Corporation), the family business, and ply his trade there.

Yes, I have many happy memories. I'm going to take a scanned copy of this picture and put in on the wall at both of my offices as a reminder of a special man.

Happy Canada Day!

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