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  • I never knew my grandfathers, they both died long before my parents even married.

    But my sons are lucky enough to have both still alive and very energetic. My father, in particular, is wonderful at entertaining the children. Amongst the many games he has introduced to them over the years:
    - the Boxing Match (where he pretends to be knocked out but raises himself, thrillingly, just as they screech out 'Nine! ...Ten!')
    - Customs at the Airport (they are suitcases being carried by him around the living room and tossed onto the sofa for customs inspection)
    - Hunt the Straw (he pretends their heads are full of straw and need to be found urgently, before they catch fire - a sort of hide and seek, but with lots more giggling)

    He also likes to tease them, and they have learnt not to get annoyed. He used to pretend that the school crossing sign said: 'Not for babies!', and that's why they weren't allowed to go to school yet. But my elder son at the age of 4 got the better of him, when he asked my father (with a very straight face): 'Do you know what it says on this road sign?... No old men allowed! So keep up, Grandpa!'
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