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A stitch in time saves nine says an old saying When I was a youngster my mother and her family elevated this short six-word sentence to the level of a religious proverb As Grandpa Frank I had a Grandpa Frank and a Grandpa Abe but their wives were Grandma and Granny go figure collected the necessary accouterments to change the oil in his pick-up he would answer our question why by saying Well ya know a stitch in time saves nine When Grandma would clean up spilled milk from the kitchen table she would murmur under her breath A stitch in time saves nine Queried by us as to the nature of her sewing my mother would say A stitch in time saves nine Eventually even my father began to use this euphemism and would explain that he was repairing the bathtub because A stitch in time saves nine Though I understood each of these activities I could not see how stitching could save them all At the ripe old age of nine I finally realized sewing was clearly stitching but the use of this phrase to describe the activities of the rest of the family continued to confuse me Eventually I would come to understand the nature of the phrase and its application to our familys life I can still close my eyes and see Grandpa Frank standing in the entryway of his house Wearing his faded red lumberjack plaid shirt and his ever-present blue beret on his crew cut head he and I would walk to the garage As he collected the necessary tools and supplies from the shelves the conversation played out nearly the same each time Whacha doin Grandpa Frank I would ask Getting ready ta change the earl never the oil always the earl he would reply How comes Grandpa Frank Because Billy
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