I was lucky. My grandfather, Jack, was a natural storyteller.
As a matter of fact, he made a career of it, and I ended up following in his footsteps. He became a sought-after sportscaster, doing many big boxing matches and had a permanent gig as the commentator for the Baseball Hall of Fame Game.
And after a stint as a broadcast journalist and TV anchor myself, I moved to helping others find their voice, tell their stories, and be heard. With him, I even got to interview Joe DiMaggio and other baseball greats, who loved Jack’s stories as much as I did.
Yet, it is my Papa’s stories of the depression and the war that always stay with me.
Although not moral tales, they always talked about doing what was right, even though many times, I never got that as he shared.
And of course, my favorite is about a cedar hope chest.
He was an airplane mechanic working in Cuba. And there was a beautiful hope chest he was determined to send home. But being so large, it was nearly impossible to ship.
So he took a gamble, literally. A keen poked player, he played cards with a bunch of bomber pilots and kept on winning. (He promised me he never cheats!) The pilots were out of money and wanted to get it back.
So he told them he would give everything back if they would fly to New York to drop off the chest.
Victoria was thrilled with her present. And even more thrilled when she opened it and saw an engagement ring. Yes, that is how my grandfather proposed to my grandmother.
And today, that hope chest is part of my own family, and has travelled across country to California when we moved. After all, if it could fly via bomber plane, moving it via truck was no problem.
Business and marketing pro, Shannon Cherry, helps business owners create a powerful presence to make more money. She founded her business, ShannonCherry.com, in 2002 to help helped experienced and ambitious entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants to create and grow the business they desire– without compromising on their sincerity and principles.