Remembering grandpa…not hard to do; he was a huge part of my life from the moment I was born. I have floods of memories, yet putting them into words at this time is very difficult. As I write this post my heart is pounding and my hands are shaking as I absorb the reality of my first loss and the empty feeling inside that I’ve never experienced before.
As I was speeding to my grandparents home on Saturday, trying to make it to say one last goodbye, I kept thinking of what I would say to my Grandpa – the last words I would tell him. I didn’t make it in time; I was ten minutes too late, but this is what I would have told him…
Grandpa, you are one of the most amazing, talented, smart and loving men I have ever known. You and Grammy have shown me the meaning of true love and the importance of family. I am so lucky that I was able to have you in my life for 32 years, what a blessing those years were.
I have so many wonderful memories of all the times we spent together as I grew up.
Painting on canvas with you in your studio and in your kitchen, watching you sculpt, going sailing on the bay, traveling to National Parks, family vacations and going to Europe.
Watching you as you built an airplane, a REAL airplane from scratch in your garage! My mind was blown!
Wrapping my arms around you and hugging you was one of my favorite things to do, I felt so safe and loved. I loved your kind eyes and your happy smile.
Your cooking was amazing! Your French toast, scrambled eggs, spaghetti, pan chicken and albondigas soup…not together of course, but those were my favorites.
I loved that you always wore bright beautiful colored polo shirts and a Members Only jacket.
Even up to those very last days you still had a wit to you, a smile and love that was felt even when you couldn’t tell us with words. I’m glad you are not suffering any longer Grandpa, I know you are resting peacefully and watching down on us.
Thank you for serving our country, giving us an amazing life and for all your love. I will miss you forever and love you always.