I recently had the pleasure of giving tours to some young elementary students from Kentucky, and while I was waiting, I told them that I enjoyed giving these tours and teaching history to them. Especially since I was a grandfather of nine and enjoyed them so much over the years, and that when I was their age, I had no grandfathers. They had both died. One little girl spoke and said “I did not have grandfathers either.” I said “how about if I be your grandfather today!” A second little student stepped forward and said “I did not have grandfathers either”. Needless to say, I filled up over this experience.
This is another reason that being a docent is so gratifying at The Mariners’ Museum.