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Grandpa Joe walked steadily a few feet more before holding on to the wooden frame around the patio steps. Breathing heavily, he called out for Christabelle to get him his walking cane. As he sat on the swing, he noticed the rose bushes had not been trimmed and the steps leading up to the house was unsightly with grime and muddy shoe stains.

Christabelle looked at her grandfather shaking his head and mumbling to himself. She went forward and stood beside him at the swing. From her pouch, she took out a camera that seemed a decade old. She had found it in the garage and her mother had surprised her by saying she could have it. She was not sure if Grandpa might like it.

Grandpa took one glance at it and turned his head in the direction of the garage. "Ma gave that to you?" he asked. Christabelle nodded and then put the instrument back inside her pouch. "I'll return it to the box where I found it. Are you upset?" she asked him back. He shook his head and asked to look at the camera again. The Rikon was an FM 10, he explained. It was his lucky camera that lasted him his entire career.

Being a photojournalist was his dream. As a fresh graduate, he joined the news agency in Britain. He was soon sent to Malaya to cover WWII and that was where he met Grandma. At that time, he explained, Singapore and Malaysia were part of Malaya. He kept running his fingers over the camera's body as he recollected his story to Christabelle.

Photojournalism was a lonely profession. Much time spent away from home was part of the deal. However, Grandpa made most of it by meeting new people and improving his photography skills. He learnt a lot about himself and Grandma during these separations. Grandma was very understanding and never stood between him and his first love. She tried to cope with the demands of running a house and family alone. She worked part-time at the local library in the evenings to help make ends meet.
 

When Grandpa got home after arduous months of shoots, she would welcome him with loving tears in her eyes. Those early days, they cherished whatever little time they spent in each others' company.

Christabelle coughed suddenly, interrupting Grandpa's thoughts. He stopped talking and passed the camera back to her. He gazed at the rocking chair that Grandma had once treasured. It was a gift from him, one that she had longed for while she was pregnant with Christabelle's mother. He had it crafted and imported from Indonesia just for her. Turning his attention away, he continued, "It's of no use to me now. You can have it."

     
  1. Why, do you think, Grandpa Joe was shaking his head and mumbling ?
  2. Why did Christabelle think that Grandpa Joe was upset about the camera ?
  3. What was Grandpa Joe's first overseas assignment as a photojournalist ?
  4. How was photojournalism a 'lonely profession' ( paragraph 5 ) for Grandpa Joe ?
  5. What does 'first love' ( paragraph 5 ) refer to ?
  6. Quote the three-word phrase in paragraph 5 which shows that Christabelle's grandparents struggled to make a living at one time.
  7. What evidence in paragraph 5 indicates that Grandma was a good wife and mother ?
  8. Which word in paragraph 6 has the same meaning as 'difficult' ?
  9. From the last paragraph, how did Grandpa Joe show his love for Grandpa ?
  10. According to the passage, what do you think had happened to Grandma ? Explain how you came to this conclusion.
     
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