2169. Alvin’s grandfather’s grandfather clock

Alvin lived with his grandfather. Alvin was nineteen. His parents had died in an accident when he was fifteen, which is why he had spent just over four years living with his grandfather. His grandfather was very kind. The only thing that rattled Alvin’s patience was the persistent chimes of his grandfather’s grandfather clock! The clock ruled the dining room and interrupted all conversation at regular intervals. It had been Alvin’s task to ensure the weights were correctly pulled and the time correctly adjusted.

When grandfather (the man not the clock) died several weeks after a terminal diagnosis, Alvin was left the house and little else in the will. Alvin was surprised. He had always presumed his grandfather was fairly well off, and Alvin was the sole surviving relative. How was he to pay for the funeral? How was he to find money to live? He would have to leave his education behind and find a job. Instantly.

First things first; he needed some money fast. He would sell the grandfather clock. But he would pull the weights and let the clock run its course for the last time; a sort of tribute to grandpa. Alvin opened the clock. Shite and flummox! Knock me down with a feather! Goodness gracious!

Grandpa had a sense of humour! Cunning grandpa!

17 thoughts on “2169. Alvin’s grandfather’s grandfather clock

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Yes – I guess so. Herb – I don’t seem to be getting emails notifying me that you’ve done a posting. I shall check back regularly instead. My informing methodology seems to have gone to blazes.

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  1. arlingwoman

    So there was a pile of money in the clock? It reminds me of a story of a grandfather who gave his granddaughter a Bible for her wedding. He kept asking afterward if they read it, and of course they hadn’t…when they finally got around to it there was money (not sure of the sums) at the beginning of each book…

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      1. dumbestblogger

        As my good friend Orson once said: “in Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, murder, terror and bloodshed, but they produced Michaelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.”

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Ha! I have a grandfather clock and love it. These days the ceilings of houses are often not high enough for them but mine is perfect, and the pulling the chains and adjusting the time is a weekly ritual!

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