Person I Admire

Bobbi Kinion 7/12/2010 Julie Swedin English 70 Person I Admire My Grandpa is a short man, he is bald on the top of his head, smells of aftershave, and he is stern, but yet gentle, at the same time. His hugs are tight, gentle and loving. I admire my grandpa the most because of his courage and determination to make a good life here in the United States for himself and his family, instead of just coming over to the United States and expecting everything handed to him. The person I admire the most is my 76-years old Grandpa Jerry Lix.

He came to America from Greece when he was 19 in 1953 by way of ship. He landed in New York with other immigrants. My Great Great Uncle Nick then took him to Ohio to live. My uncle sent for my grandpa to live in the United States and was his guardian or sponsor. He came over to the United States to make a better life for himself and someday have a family. He learned to speak English, and after getting his citizenship, he wanted to send for the lady he was going to marry from Greece.

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Due to unforeseen complications, which are painful for my grandpa, her mother would not allow her to come over to the United States. Grandpa got a job at a restaurant as a bus boy, which lasted until he was 21-years old. This restaurant is where he met my Grandma Jerreline (Jerry) Carr who was a waitress. At the age of 21, he became a bartender until the age of 55 when his legs made it to where he had to retire. He married my grandma in March of 1955. She was 22 at the time, and he was 21.

He asked her to marry him right there in the restaurant while they were working with all the people chatting and dishes clanging. He shouted “Hey Jerry? ” She said, “Yeah. ” He said, “Do you want to get married? ” She said, “Sure. ” They had a total of four children throughout the years, my mom Chris in 1956, my Uncle Tony in 1957, my Uncle Spiro in 1959, and my Aunt Tena in 1962. In 1955, Grandpa joined the Army Reserves in Ohio when he was 21. After the five year waiting period, he became a U. S. itizen in 1958, and shortly after, grandpa shortened his, Grandma Jerry’s and his two oldest children’s last name from Lixouriotatos to Lix, at the suggestion of one of my Great Aunt. At that time the two youngest children had not been born yet. Then he moved in 1961 to Arizona. He had transferred into the Army Reserves there but he discovered that he didn’t care for it, so he transferred into the Air Force Reserves. He became a cook for the troops one weekend a month and two weeks a year. Grandpa and Grandma divorced in 1970.

He then went back to Greece in 1970 or 1971 to see if he could bring back the lady that he wanted to marry to the United States but found that she had already married another man. He came back to Arizona, and later in 1973 he married my Grandma Sandy, whom all the grandchildren call Yaya. Yaya had a three year old daughter named Dawn-Marie that my grandpa adopted. Later Grandpa and Yaya had a daughter together named Dimitra in 1984. In 1985, Grandpa retired from the Reserves at age 51, but he was still on recall status.

At around age 55, Grandpa finally got into transferring old movies from Reels to VHS to DVD or CD which is called video transfer which he taught himself how to do. He also takes photos as well as videos of all kinds of parties and weddings. Then in 1991 at the age of 57 he officially retired from the Reserves. The person I admire the most is my grandpa, for his courage and determination to make his life in the United States for himself and his family the best he could with the little he had.

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