October 30, 2014
Every family has it’s traditions, those things you do every year without really knowing why. In my family it’s St. Valentine’s Day. From as far back as I can remember my family has always gathered on that day for the Annual St. Valentine’s Day Variety Show. Everyone was required to participate whether they had talent or not, Uncle Jack would always juggle and Grandma Amy sang Amazing Grace. This year’s event was to be extra special as we would all be welcoming my brother’s new wife and her four year old daughter, Lizzie, to the family.
My brother called me the next day to ask for my help. Lizzie kept saying grandpa’s smile was broken and he didn’t understand what she meant. When I asked her, she said whenever anyone talked to him he had to put his finger in his ear to make his smile work. I explained to my brother that what she saw was grandpa adjusting the volume on his hearing aids Altrincham. He always turns them off during the variety show and just smiles at everyone. We let Lizzie color him a get well card anyway.