Two men, approximately the same age in their late 60s or early 70s when these observations took place.
The first, Joe N, an emigrant from a European country, with close ties to others from the same country would spend Sunday afternoons with his cronies exhaling their Germanic based language while inhaling a noxious exhalation from their cigars. We children sat quietly inhaling through the noxious smoke and NOT complaining.
The second, Joe S, a son of an emigrant from Scotland, would, at least in the late summer months, sit outside in the shade of a very large weeping willow, surrounded by his grandchildren, relating stories about growing up in a miners family where an apple was a rare treat. Sitting, peeling an apple with an old buck knife and sharing his stories and his love for Jesus and his apples. Grandma and Grandpa almost always had a truant living with them who otherwise would have been a guest of the state. Guess which grandfather most influenced his grandchildren? 8 of his 14 grandchildren have been or are involved in prison ministry.
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