Today I was thinking of my grandpa. He is a wonderful grandpa. He is always around when I need him, and we seem to have the best adventures together. When I was younger, I stayed with him and Grandma a lot, especially in the summertime.
Before he retired, my grandpa used to be an Aerospace Engineer. He loved his work, and he loved the people with whom he worked. One day, he took me to work with him. It was one of the best adventures we had together.
I remember thinking his office was very big, which made him seem pretty important. As I would find out later, he was! After having some fun up there, while grandpa returned calls, he took me down to the research and development area. It was amazing, all of these intelligent people working together. I remember all the different parts they used to build their models. They kept them in these custom wire baskets. I had never seen a wire basket quite like it. It kept everything together, yet easy to see, grab, and then add to the model.
Best of all, though, was when Grandpa took me down to the production area. This is where the models were brought to life (after much research and testing, of course!). The machinery they used was just spectacular. This is going to sound weird, but, again, I noticed the industrial wire baskets they used as part of their work. I think I should preface this by saying that I love baskets of all kinds and collect baskets from many cultures and points in history, so, of course, unique stainless steel wire baskets would catch my eye.
The industrial wire baskets were used in many different ways throughout the various stages of production. There were large stainless steel baskets for heat-treating heavy parts. They had big square wire baskets for manual-dip cleaning of parts. These custom wire baskets had huge handles on them that were taller than me! There were wire baskets for small parts and wire baskets for cleaning and drying parts, too. Everything was customized, and they had a great system that ran smoothly! I remember because while all the crazy wire baskets interested me a lot, Grandpa really enjoyed watching everything proceed successfully, “like clock work,” he’d say.
That day when Grandpa took me to work was really eye-opening for me. Up until then, I knew only that he was an Aerospace Engineer. I had no real idea what it meant or what kind of work he did, but when I got to go to his office and saw how important he was, how everyone worked together, and especially the things he helped to create, I finally got it!
My grandpa and I still go on fabulous adventures together; in fact, he’s on his way over here right now. We’re heading out to lunch and then off to some art galleries. Since he doesn’t build airplanes anymore, Grandpa enjoys life as a painter. But, that’s a story I’ll save for another day . . . .