Beside the leather World War I helmet and the leather boxing gloves, laid a pair of black shoes, size 2 feet.
My grandfather had an extraordinary life, the attic proves it true. He nearly died over in Germany; he'd been poisoned with mustard gas. The nurses gave him chocolate to help ease his last days, but miraculously, he survived. Must have been the dark chocolate, filled with rich anti-oxidants.
I never heard tales of how well his did as a fighter. If there was a title belt, it was kept someplace safe.
But the stories of the circus, well, the adventures were quite grand. He was the first to ride a bicycle down a steep ramp into a loop-deloop. And if that wasn't dangerous enough, for the finale, he was shot out of a cannon.
My grandfather had an extraordinary life. The attic proves it true.