Grandad turns 79 today – HAPPY BIRTHDAY Grandad.
is a living legend and is already in Antigua awaiting our arrival. He’ll no
doubt be telling every member of bar staff in the hotel that it’s his birthday
and that he should get a free cocktail or 10! I’ve only ever had one Grandad as my
Mum’s Dad died 2 months before I was born but he’s more than made up for
both. As a Grandad he’s very unique
in my eyes as there’s not many Grandparents who use an iPod, record a video
message for their Grandson when he goes to sea, use Facebook (I’m not even on
Facebook!) and has a pair of Roller Skates to keep himself fit!
I first told Grandad that I was entered to row across the Atlantic I think he
was very sceptical and perhaps doubted whether it could be done by anyone let
alone me. Although initially sceptical he has been nothing but supportive and
spent a week in La Gomera with us before we set off. Grandad is used to big
ocean going Cruise Liners and when I took him out for a quick paddle in Red
Arrow I could read his thoughts, “rather you than me
have loads of great memories of spending time with Nan and Grandad and none more
so when Adam and I used to get sent as kids cargo to Spain to visit them during
the school holidays. Mum and Dad would sign us over to the airlines as
unaccompanied minors and we’d be met by Nan and Grandad at Malaga arrivals where
the airline would sign us over. Now I see why it is so easy to get child labour
into a country! Anyhow, one year Nan and Grandad decided they would dress up to
meet us. They wore these hideous bright yellow and pink matching shorts and
vests, stupid hats and jewellery etc and Adam and I pretended that we didn’t
know them! Grandad always has a great sense of humour and is always fun to be
around I just hope I’m like that when I’m 79.
can’t wait to see you in Antigua.