Back when Grandfather was a young buck, 60 or so, he walked behind a mule train on the Bright Angel trail halfway to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Grandmother rode a mule named “Rudolph.” Grandfather had to walk, because the mule skinners said he was too heavy.
Well, Rudolph was walking on the edge above a thousand-foot drop and his skinner said: “Rudolph! You keep walking the edge, we’ll have to replace you.”
At the time, Grandfather wished they’d replaced Rudolph before they put Grandmother aboard.
Grandfather didn’t think then, and doesn’t think now, that Grandmother was replaceable.
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
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