Wednesday, June 20, 2007

My Grandfather

My grandfather is a wonderful man. I have been mowing his grass for several weeks now, and initially he started paying me. I didn't want money because I wanted to do it out of the goodness of my heart. My problem has always been that I'm not good at saying no. I'll try to refuse money, but I usually end up taking it because I'm afraid of upsetting people.

Finally I found a way to refuse it, and my step-mom basically backed me up on that. I was finally out of a sticky situation! So he told me he'd find another way.

Monday I went to mow for him again. When I got there, he told me he had something for me. I looked and it was a brand new keyboard with a keyboard stand included (shown in this video)! I was pretty excited about it. I didn't attempt to refuse because I think in that scenario I really would have hurt his feelings. He went out his way to get that for me, so I decided to take it. That was his way of getting back at me for refusing money!

I really wish I was better at refusing things, but I have to say that this really shows what kind of person my grandfather is. He'd do absolutely anything for me. He's truly a great man, and I hope to live up to his ways as I get older.


Athelstone said...

My grandfather does similar things Damian. Whenever my brother and I visit him he insists upon giving each us five pounds. We used to say "it's not necessary, don't worry". But of course he would insist, so we simply thank him and greatfully accept it. I've come to the conclusion that it is nothing to be ashamed of. It doesn't inconvenience him at all, and it is just a small way of allowing him to feel satisfied.

Blue Streak said...

Hey Sax, long time no see. What make and model keyboard is that?

Audrey said...

You got a keyboard! Man I should get to know your grandpa!LOL. Ok, so it would be wrong on of me to know him just for that. But I have heard how hard it can be to say to things like that. I once read an advice column once where someone wrote about how they didn't want to take money from their grandparents. Abby then replied that trying to say no will only hurt things. Its better to take the money and save it for something good. Refusing will only bring trouble...or more lavish gifts. Maybe next time you should get a nice set of drumbs..or a new sax! WOW now that would be good.