What, they asked on the radio, do you own that belonged to your grandparents?
Answer: Apart from 25 per cent of my genes, I have very little passed down from two generations.
Then, I remembered his old Boy Scout penknife (and he once told me of the time he met Baden-Powell), and in a rare moment of sentimentaility, I wrote it down as a poem.
A pome what I wrote about my poor, dead grandfatherAnd from my grandfather on my mother's side: The ability to build pretty much unsinkable Royal Navy battle ships. (Ability as yet untested).
Discovered my grandad's old pen-knife
In the biscuit tin under my bed;
Pleasing, heavy in my hand,
The blade still keen like it was new;
Eighty years old, and he's long gone,
And the only part of him I possess.