Joey Hardiman learns his grandfather has died and must go to the funeral in Florida. While in Florida, Joey sees his family who remember Joseph Nietski as a grandfather, a father, and a husband. Joey is tasked with delivering a eulogy for his "Pa-Pa" but doesn't know where to start. Joey and Pa-Pa were always sharing stories and memories but Joey never thought he would have to talk about a man who enjoyed his family, good cigars, even both at the same time. How can Joey convey the bond he shared with someone to those who also new Joseph Nietski? While he is in Florida, Joey visits the places his grandfather enjoyed seeing and sees them from a different perspective. As Joey remembers his time with Pa-Pa and visits familiar places without a familiar companion, he comes to terms with the fact he won't be able to share moments with his grandfather any longer and finds the word to share with everyone what his grandfather meant.
"Down on the Farm" follows the relationship of a man and his grandfather through flashbacks and present-day scenarios. In the present-day, Joey thinks about life without Pa-Pa and whether he can find the right words to convey what his grandfather meant to him. Through flashbacks, you see the memories that built and sustained a relationship between a boy who is growing up and a man who loves to watch the boy turn into the man that will honor him.
Sweet story about a young man’s journey to honor his grandfather at his funeral. Quick, easy reading. Heartwarming story. Family friendly book. I’d recommend it. Nice to support the author a local Massachusetts Dad.