A Salute to My Grandfather

Today, December 16, would have been my late grandfather’s birthday. On December 16, 1902, Robert Eustace Miser was born. He passed in October 1984, one month prior to my son’s birth.

If one was to ask about those who influenced me, Robert Miser would be at the top of the list. He was more than a grandparent. He was a replacement father. My parents separated shortly after my birth. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, this was an aberration. Bob Miser supported me through school with weekly allowances. He cosigned for my first three cars. He gave me money toward college. Took me on my first vacation. Taught me how to change a spark plug. Came to my award programs and loved me in the special way of grandparents.

For a living, Bob Miser built boxcars for American Car and Foundry, but outside of work, one never saw him in anything beside a suit and a hat. He even wore a dress shirt when he bowled, which was his leisure sport.

So, I want to openly thank my grandfather. Without him, I would have floundered.


About Regina Jeffers

Regina Jeffers is the award-winning author of Austenesque, Regency and historical romantic suspense.
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4 Responses to A Salute to My Grandfather

  1. Suzan says:

    I appreciated your info about your grandfather in your life. Mine was similar and I will never forget the impact on my life he left. He fortunately got to see both my daughters before his death at 89 but not much of their lives. Thanks for sharing.

    • I absolutely hated it that my grandfather did not live to see my son. I lost two other children prior to my child’s birth. It would have been fitting for him to have known my Joshua.

  2. JuneA** says:

    What a beautiful tribute to your grandfather!!

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