A Junk-Rocker Plays a Tribute to His Grammy

There we were, my husband and four teenage sons, at a “junk-rock” concert with the band, Recycled Percussion. There was drumming, strumming and sparks flying.  And then…

Justin, the lead percussionist, pulled up a bar stool and sat down to share from his heart. His story went something like…

At the age of 3, Justin’s parents brought him to his first concert.  He decided that when he grew-up, he was going to be in a band.  His parents bought him a drum set and he played nonstop.  So, his mom called the “smartest, kindest…” woman in the world…. drum-roll please… his Grammy!  Well, Grammy intervened. She had a sound-proof room built for Justin.  He made tickets to his show and sold them for $1.  “Grammy is the only one who ever bought the tickets,” Justin remembered.  Justin grew up and toured New Hampshire – sharing about saying no to drugs and believing in yourself, even if you have ADHD like Justin!  Well, now Justin and his band plays on the Vegas Strip!   Last year, Justin went to be with his Grammy and hold her hand as she was dying.  In her will, there was a request for him to play the drums at her funeral!

The love they shared was very apparent to all who heard Justin!  As an intergenerational specialist, I was reminded once again about the power of a loving grandparent and the profound effect that person can have on children’s lives.

Justin concluded…  “And on your way out, stop and purchase a ‘I love my Grammy t-shirt’ – and all proceeds will be donated to charity!”   Grammy must be mighty proud!

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