Contributed by Lucas Drerup, Karl Drerup’s Grandson

Sometimes my dad and brothers would go out to attend to some business or other and leave me with Grandpa for the afternoon. I would make him a sandwich and a gin and tonic. We would sit together in the dining room while he ate and he would tell me stories about Europe. By this time he was pretty old and the stories often lacked cohesion, a polite way to say they made no sense most of the time. He would speak of Europe and specifically Germany as prisons he had been incarcerated in. He would always ask for another drink and I’d make it for him. Then a third. Louise, bless her heart, didn’t let Gramp whet his whistle to the degree he would have liked and so he always took advantage of the opportunity to weedle a few extra drinks during our lunches. I’d help him into his chair in the living room after lunch where he would promptly fall asleep and I was free to go vegetate in front of the TV.—contributed by Lucas Drerup, Karl Drerup’s grandson

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