What follows is offered in response to Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge. The challenge, this week, is "Shaky".
The picture that hung on the wall was that of a Scottish warrior, kneeling on one knee, head bowed as he held a broadsword stuck into the ground. He was dirty and disheveled - a strange figure, for a portrait - but the painting hung in a place of honor, above the fireplace.
The old man spoke to his grandson.
"My grandfather painted that, Robbie. Where I am old and shaky, at my age he was strong, firm and fit. And that painting? Is of HIS grandfather at the same age."
"Yeah. Wow. Oh, to be that hale and strong."