Grandpa Gene is 81! Whoa. And if you’re not from Clyde or Fremont, Ohio, you don’t know this, but Grandpa’s birthday is almost a national holiday (ask him, go ahead). For weeks, he readies himself for this big occasion. It’s a celebration all around town, at the Drug Mart and the Speedway, at McDonald’s and the Circle K, the VFW and all the places where Grandpa makes his rounds each day.
One of the things I love most about my Grandpa is that he loves Loves LOVES lottery tickets (probably more than he loves his own birthday). Scratchers. All the time. 🙂 In fact, when he owned Gene’s Drive-Thru Carry-Out in Clyde (I think I have my post for tomorrow), the slogan on his t-shirts (and for the store in general) was “Play the Lotto with Slotto!”
So Grandpa had an awesome birthday. And he got a lot of lottery tickets.
Every time Grandpa opened a gift at his birthday party, Grant would say, “More lottery tickets?!” He did get quite a few lottery tickets. I can see how a kid would be disappointed with repeat presents.
The other thing I love about Grandpa is his love for all Cleveland teams. See the Wahoo shirt? That’s one of hundreds, I’m sure. And Grandma (isn’t she frickin’ adorable?) is the same way. She loves watching the Cleveland Indians.
And we all came to celebrate at my parents’ house in Fremont. Even baby Jax! Now where are we going to find a tiny Gene’s Drive-Thru shirt for him?