Today is….My Grandpa Willie Adam’s Birthday

23 Mar

Willie E. Adam

I don’t remember Grandpa looking this young, but he looks so handsome in this picture I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post it for his birthday, number 129 to be exact.  I have very few memories of him, but there are a couple that really stand out. Every Sunday afternoon, my parents and I  would go visit Grandpa and Grandma. Grandpa always gave me a big hug and his whiskers were really scratchy and then sometime during the visit he would make me a paper hat by folding a page from the Sunday newspaper. I remember thinking that was pretty cool but I can’t remember if I ever wore one of those hats.

The hat memory really stuck with me and when I was an elementary school librarian I liked to read aloud the classic story, Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina. Each student would make the same hat my Grandpa used to make for me and then I would read the book and the students would act out the story.  We had such fun and to think the idea started on a Sunday afternoon with my Grandpa.

Happy Birthday!

Adam, Willie. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.


Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Adam



2 responses to “Today is….My Grandpa Willie Adam’s Birthday

  1. Glenna

    March 23, 2012 at 3:18 am

    I can definitely see a resemblance to Brian in this picture. I like the hat story, thanks for sharing. It stories like these that make me wonder what little things my grandchildren will remember about me. Every time we are together I am intentional about making memories.

    • Kathryn

      April 1, 2012 at 12:28 am

      Keep building those memories! I love your goal to make every moment a memory.


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