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The up side is that we appear to be well-stocked with NFOFs. [Dec. 12th, 2011|09:27 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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This has happened to me three times now: I have been waiting in line in a public place with one of Grandpa's books. And a Nice Friendly Old Fella has noticed what I was reading and commented upon it favorably, because Grandpa's books tend to be Nice Friendly Old Fella Approved.

And then like an idiot I tell the NFOF that I inherited my grandpa's books and I am reading through them all.

And then the NFOF tears up. There in line at the post office or Target or wherever else. He gets sniffly about me and my grandpa's books.

I know it's not a bad kind of sniffly. It just makes me feel like a horrible cad, going around reading things and making NFOFs cry, and I feel like I should come up with something else to say that will not make them cry, but it just...comes out of my mouth. And I don't really feel like making a huge effort to avoid my grandpa in conversation. That is about the least Mrissish thing ever. So I just don't know what.

[User Picture]From: fidelioscabinet
2011-12-13 04:22 am (UTC)
Go ahead and make 'em sniffle. You're giving them hope the world has not gone to hell in a hatbox after all, if one of You Kids is doing stuff like that to remember her Grandpa by.
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[User Picture]From: miz_hatbox
2011-12-13 05:31 am (UTC)
Exactly so.
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From: swan_tower
2011-12-13 05:33 am (UTC)
Yeah -- I obviously haven't seen any of the three incidents myself, but there's a real chance the sniffling isn't of a bad sort.
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[User Picture]From: dd_b
2011-12-13 09:25 am (UTC)
Yes, that's actually my reaction, too. Sure, it's a bit embarrassing for the NFOF, but it's a good kind of embarrassing; the kids are alright, or at least this one is.
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From: gwynnega
2011-12-13 06:29 am (UTC)
Aww, that is really touching.
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[User Picture]From: sam_t
2011-12-13 11:52 am (UTC)
I don't think I've ever caused a Nice Friendly Old Fella to sniffle (may or may not be related to the shortage of any sort of OFs in my family, so I don't have grandad stories) and I think I'd be rather perturbed if I had. I mean, sniffling in front of the general public is, on the whole, not something that NFOFs do, so I'd feel rather uncomfortable about causing them to do it, even knowing that they'd much rather know about the reading project and sniffle than remain unaware and keep the stiff upper lip.
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[User Picture]From: sartorias
2011-12-13 01:50 pm (UTC)
How about my grandpa gave it to me? (Though maybe the tears are a good thing for some? I know I hate tearing up in a public place when such moments catch me by surprise, but then I have that public space wariness going on.)
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[User Picture]From: rmnilsson
2011-12-13 03:21 pm (UTC)
Those are the good kind of sniffles, I think. Go ahead and spread happy sniffles.
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[User Picture]From: cissa
2011-12-15 01:07 am (UTC)
They're crying in a GOOD way. They'd be the first to say that you should not edit yourself to prevent this.
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