The Salted Cookie

Taking the Bitter with the Sweet: The Story of my Grandpa

“What’s better than God, worse than the devil, dead people eat it, but if you eat it you’ll die?” For anyone who met my Grandpa, there’s a good chance he asked you that riddle. And he’d sit there with a smirk on his face, while you racked your brain for any logical answer, until finally he’d say, want me to tell you? “Nothing.” And then it seems so obvious right? Nothing is better than God. Nothing is worse than the Devil. Dead people eat nothing. If you eat nothing you’ll die. My Grandpa was truly one of a kind. I was lucky enough to spend 35 years with him, before he passed away on Wednesday last week. During these crazy quarantine times, it’s really hard to process and make sense of anything, but to have a loved one pass away when you can’t be together in person with family, amplifies every emotion to an overwhelming degree. So I wanted to write this post to share some of my favorite memories of my Grandpa. And some of his favorite riddles mixed in between, so that he will continue to make people laugh with his riddles posthumously.