Daily Prompt: Fly on the Wall | Meeting my grandfather.

If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?

to make it clear:

a fly on the wall;
if you say you would like to be a fly on the wall in a certain situation, you mean that you would like to be there secretly to see and hear what happens.


Re-reading this question over and over again, my mind was going over all the historic moments I would want to experience. Unfortunately, I can’t think of any. Of course, big moments, like watching the first moonlanding, would be epic to participate in, but I just can’t think of anything I would like to ‘be secretly’. I have tons of situations I want to be and talk to the local people, ask questions, give my opinion and help them.

I probably have to be there secretly to prevent any chance of me changing the future. With my clumsiness I would probably make Hitler very angry at me, when I am trying to convince him to not invade Poland, or in some way I would screw up the preperations of the first moonlanding. I would probably throw a drink in Martin Luther King’s his face which would make him to leave and not deliver his historical ‘I have a dream’-speech. Yes, now I think of it, being there secretly is better for everyone on this earth.

Now, I think of it again, I could give you a place where I would want to be secretly.
It’s the home of my grandparents. Well, one pair of them.
My grandfather and -mother from my father’s side are divorced and my grandfather remarried, well, I am not sure if he married but at least he has a new woman he is with. So, on that side I have one grandfather and two grandmothers.
On my mother’s side I only have one grandmother. The grandfather on this side, passed away when my mother was 16 years old. So, obviously, I have never met him. However, I would have loved to. At least I think I do.

Being a fly on my grandfather’s wall would be a great experience. I would be able to get to know him. What he did, what he was like. I want to know in what way he could have influenced my life if he would still be here. Was he supersmart and would he have pushed me to take the maximum out of my education? Was he supercreative and would he have pushed me to learn how to paint, and draw, and knit, and write, and chalk? Was he philosophical and would he have taught me the greatest lifelessons I ever heard?

Of course, there is also an other possibility. There is a chance he would not be interested in me at all. That he would want to live his own live, and not be bothered by any of his grandchildren. There is a chance that he would be a grumpy old man, and the only thing he would do was drink coffee, smoke cigars and whine about how ‘it all used to be better’. However, I think this chance is very small.

When my grandfather died, he left a lot of people behind. Of course, his wife and my grandma. And his daughter, my mother.Those women are two of the most loving people I have ever met and probably will meet. It doesn’t always run smoothly between me and my grandma, and neither it does between me and my mother, but they would do anything for me, but also for all the other people they love. Leaving these people behind I think it’s impossible that my grandfather was grumpy and so self-centered. He must have been a great man and I would be honoured to be a fly on his wall.



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