Today, March 11th, 2019, my grandfather, George Teskey, turns 100 years young! ONE HUNDRED. Wow. Can you imagine living for a century? I spoke to him and asked how it feels, and he said, "Don't say that too loud!" Then, I asked how he was going to spend the day, and he said he was going to sit and think about what it feels like to be 100. Ha. He's still loaded with wit and humor. He was born in Great Falls, Montana and raised in San Antonio, Texas where he met and married my grandmother. He enrolled at the University of Texas in Austin, and shortly after, enlisted with the Army Air Corps at the start of WWII. When he returned home from the war, he was hired as a pilot by Braniff International Airlines in Dallas where he remained for 34 years, retiring as a captain. (I vividly remember flying with him in the flight deck on his last flight from San Antonio to Dallas and walking through the Love Field terminal to his retirement party.) He bred horses and built businesses including a saddlery and an antiques shop. He raised 3 kids, 13 grandkids, and 11 great-grandkids. After retirement, he moved to East Texas and built the Blue Barn Christian Retreat that has changed and enriched the lives of thousands of people over the last 30 years. He and my grandmother still live on that property today.
He has grown gardens and orchards and has a thumb greener than anyone I know. He taught me how to drive cars, trucks, tractors, and boats. He taught me how to ride a horse, catch a fish, and shoot a gun. He has taught me, by example, the meaning of integrity and hard work.
Today, he will eat apple pie and enjoy a small gathering. This weekend, we will have a big family celebration at the Blue Barn. Happy 100th Birthday, PawPaw! We love you!