'Laughter is the best medicine'. No one can attest to the fact better than my
grandfather. At the ripe old age of 92, Grandpa is a picture of health. Even
though Grandpa's life was often filled with misfortune, he never lost his zest
Having lost both his parents at the tender age of five, Grandpa was
brought up in an orphanage. Despite this, Grandpa was always in high spirits. He
started working at the young age of 16. He started work as a laborer and later,
a gardener. His honesty and diligence got the attention of his employer who soon
asked him to take care of his large orchard. Grandpa saved whatever little he
could. Then, when he had accumulated enough money, he bought a piece of land and
planted rubber trees.
When rubber prices dropped during the economic slump, he
was force to sell his land. He became an odd-job laborer. He took up one job
after another. Little wonder then that he became a
jack-of-all-trades. Realizing that a rolling stone gathers no moss,
he sought greener pastures.
He moved to LA
and worked as a restaurant helper. Today, he is the owner of the very restaurant
he worked for.
Grandpa has a fine sense of humor. He is always the first one
to break the ice on any occasion. His witty remarks and jokes would have
everyone in stitches. Anyone else in
Grandpa's shoes would have many reasons to moan and groan about how unfair life
has been. Even when fate dealt heavy blows, Grandpa was one who never gave up.
'Give life everything you have got and life will give its bet back to you,' he
would always say.
Apart from the occasional bouts of flu and fever, grandpa
never suffered from any major ailment. Laughter, he would attest, is the elixir
of life. Whenever I got to him with a problem, he would just laugh. his laughter
is so infectious that I would soon join in. If anyone were to ask him why he
laughs so much, his answer must surely be, 'Why ? Because laughter is the best