Did you grow up with a grandparent in your life that were an integral part of your family? Perhaps you were born after a grandparent was lost and you only know them from stories passed from others. In decades past, the grandparents were often at the head of a family tree and their importance was always acknowledged. My maternal grandparents were gone way before I was born, as was my paternal grandfather. My paternal grandmother, who we called “Gram”, was the rock in our family. I have such fond memories of holidays, birthdays and Sunday afternoons with my Gram. Gram was the one who turned me on to the delicious diet drink Tab and taught me how to put on make up! I was able to enjoy having my Gram in my life until I was in my early 30’s, when she passed away at the age of 88. It seems that as families grow more busy and their days are filled with work, errands, activities and more, we have less time to spend as a family. Depending on where your grandparents live, if they are still present in your life, you may or may not get to see them as you would like. To celebrate and by acknowledging the value of our grandparents, space is not as much of an issue. In his book, “Little Joe”, Michael E. Glasscock III spins an intricate tale of life in Tennessee with grandparents who were very much a part of this boy’s life.
The Importance Of Grandparents
In the first of four installments, Glasscock tells a story of Little Joe Scout who lives in Round Rock, Tennessee around the time of WWII. When his parents are tragically taken in a car accident, Little Joe moves in with his mother’s parents. Life is hard for Little Joe to get used to in the small town of Round Rock and he misses his Texas roots terribly. While they deal with their own struggles, Little Joe’s grandparents are happy to be raising him. Soon Little Joe meet Sugar and Bobby and a special dog and life gets a bit easier. Little by little, Little Joe begins to acknowledge and receive the love from his grandparents. As each day passes, Little Joe begins to let go of the pain of the loss of his parents and begins to enjoy life again.
Until he was eight, Michael E. Glasscock III lived on his grandfather’s cattle ranch in the small town of Utopia, Texas. At the beginning of World War II, he moved to a small town in Tennessee, similar to the mythical town of Round Rock he writes of in his book series. Michael decided to study medicine, and he graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School at age twenty-four. Michael E. Glasscock III, now 80, spent most of his time in Nashville, TN. His background is in medicine and his private practice, the Otology Group, specializing in the ear, nose and throat. Glasscock was also a professor of Otolaryngology and an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the prestigious Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He retired from his practice in 1997 and moved back to Texas where he continues to work as a consultant for three major medical device companies. He currently resides in Austin, Texas. You can purchase Little Joe from Amazon or Barnes and Noble as well as through major independent booksellers nationwide. The average retail price of the book is $18.95.