Beware of Grandpas Bearing Reptiles


Abby’s upstairs studying for her sophomore year mid-term exams right now but it seems like I just took this picture on a trip to visit Patrice’s parents at their winter home in Arizona.

It completely captures both of these kind souls, Bob having fun with a toy snake bringing himself down to his two-year old grandchild’s level while Abby’s sense of fun and permanent smile completely loves her grandpa–even if he is carrying a snake.

You take for granted the walks, laughs and card games you have with parents and grandparents. It seems such a constant that it’s hard to imagine it not going on forever. Bob passed in November, 2009 after a long brave struggle for both him and Helen. At his funeral, we wrote his famous Bob-isms on the inside of his beautiful pine casket cover.

A couple of my favorites:

  • “If we had any ham, we could have some ham and eggs–if we had any eggs.”
  • “That screen door’s only got so many opens to it!”


I was very fortunate to marry into such a fun, loving family. I’m glad Abby got to spend some quality time with her grandpa–even if he wasn’t always carrying a reptile.


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About Kevin Walsh

Kevin began in 2013 as an experiment that was as simple as "What's a blog?" and ended up becoming a forum for fellow writers. He's been a high school teacher for 28 years and worked as an administrator and instructor in colleges for 10 years since then. Contact him at: He is also the producer of the web-series and blog, www.DiggingDetroit, founder and producer for MMD Productions at which offers quick, professional photography, video and multimedia solutions for individuals, organizations and businesses. His high school media production text, "Video Direct," has been used in 40 states--and he occasionally still sells a few. He is the current president of the non-profit DAFT (Digital Arts Film and Television) which sponsors the Michigan Student Film Festival. He lives in Royal Oak, Michigan, is married to Patrice and is tolerated by his two kids Aidan and Abby who have all graciously allowed him to write about them on occasion.

One Response to Beware of Grandpas Bearing Reptiles

  1. claudia says:

    My favorite Bobism was “If you only take half there is always some left for the next person” Of course I always wanted the first half. Gotta love it and him.