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To the kids he was the candy man Every Sunday morning in my fathers church he came with his suit coat pockets filled with sweets and everyone at the service knew it All of us grandchildren sat next to him but every kid would stop by at least once to reach into his pocket He would always fall asleep during the sermon which provided an ample opportunity to grab a little extra candy But he always gave us what we wanted anyway I spent the night at his house as often as I could My grandmother and I played games like Dominos and Go-fish Afterwards I would stay up late enjoying popcorn or ice cream and watching My Three Sons and I Love Lucy with my grandfather He would sit there in his boxer shorts and white T-shirt and laugh When bedtime came around I got to pick a book from his bookshelf in the hallway There were lots of science fiction books a whole shelf of Asimov novels and Id usually take one and fall asleep trying to read the one I chose I remember the Charleston Daily Mail always resting on top of the toilet folded in half and then in half again so that jus the crossword puzzle was showing with a pen resting on top He would sit in the bathtub for what seemed like hours working on the crossword puzzle I was content to spend time in the bedroom adjoining the bathroom The aroma of his aftershave is still tattooed in my memory There was a huge mahogany closet with two doors at the top On the bottom there was a drawer full of treasures I had to grab both knobs and lean with all my weight and work the drawer from side to side to get it open Inside were red velvet boxes containing mysterious coins old Air Force paraphernalia bills and tokens from around the world and a
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