Of course I did. We cousins all remember "The Clock."
Grandpa Rempel was a gifted engineer who liked inventing things on the side. Many years ago, he decided he wanted to build a grandfather clock and so he did. He designed the whole thing, figured out all the math and gear ratios and did all the machining and assembly. I remember it ticking in my grandparents' living room in Kitchener, Ontario.
"The one thing that always fascinated me," I told my cousin, "was the blue dial with the moons on it at the top of the clock."
He knows that detail well, and of course, Grandpa had also painted the dial himself. But what my own father once told me was that he never got that part running. It was supposed to be coordinated with the clock to show the phases of the moon every night.
Then my cousin said, "You know how they sometimes say that when the owner of a clock dies, the clock stops?"
I had heard that.
"Well," he continued, "when Grandpa passed away, the clock stopped."
I didn't know that but wasn't surprised.
My cousin's Dad, the eldest of three brothers, inherited the clock and moved it to his home in Toronto, Ontario. After searching for a number of years, he found a clock maker who repaired the clock. It ran for many more years, but when my uncle passed away, the clock stopped again.
My cousin, the one I was having the conversation with, inherited the clock and it moved to his home in Pennsylvania. Some years later, he finally found an ancient clock maker who thought he could get it going, and he did. On top of that, he manufactured a small part and got the moon dial working as well! For the first time! Perhaps he didn't know that Grandpa had never quite finished that detail. Fancy that!
Over 60 years after his passing, Grandpa's clock still ticks and the moon dial shows the phases of the moon, though I'm not quite sure how it handled the recent total eclipse of the moon.
Well done Grandpa! Your grandfather clock still marks the minutes and hours and days!