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Orange Grandfather
I got a box of oranges in the mail today.
Special delivery from out of state.
My Grandpa Bob sent me some more oranges.
I always found it funny.
He lived in Florida.
I live in New York.
We have oranges in grocery stores here in New York.
But he always sent the oranges from Florida.
As a kind gesture.
A gesture of his love.
When he would phone me, he would often say "This is Florida calling."
I'm not sure when the Queens-transplanted-Floridian became a state.
I remember him having big ears, a big belly, a big white beard and a big red car.
He may have died a couple of weeks ago.
But he still sent me oranges from Florida.
I just got a box today.

 2008 David Greg Harth