As I reflect on a year ago, I think of many things. I think to myself now No that was not the last time I would see my Grandpa. I WILL see him again. He is with me and his memories will keep him alive until we meet again. I miss him yes I do with all my heart. I think how blessed I was to know him and how blessed I am to have had all my grandparents living in Arizona all growing up. I have my dad's parents, my mom's parents, and my Great grandma(my dad's grandma). My grandpa sharpy was the first to move from this life to the next.
I mourn for my grandma because they were married for 59 years! And they would celebrate their anniversary on my birthday. May 7th was a special day for us both!! I think of all they have been through together. I think of the eleven children they sacrificed for and lovingly raised. I think of the examples they were to me growing up. I have many special memories of going to my grandparents house watching Land Before Time. My grandma would always give me ice cream. She sure spoiled us and she still does!!
My grandpa had some funny things he would say; he used to sing the Alphabet a little like this: U, S, X, C, F, Y, H, G, P now I know my X, Y, Z's next time won't you sing with me? And we would go back and forth and say Grandpa you don't sing it like that and he would say yes you do! Anytime we would cut our hair short he ALWAYS told us we looked like little boys. Anytime a kid would whine or cry he would say "SHUTUP kid and go to your room!" He would always give us a hug and kiss every time we saw him. He loved each of us in a special way and he always let us know that by his words and actions. Oh how I could go on and on.
To my Grandpa,
I think of you often and miss you so much. I miss you coming to my house and making us laugh. You always knew how to make us laugh. You were such a charitable and loving Grandpa. Thank you for all you taught me and how you continually taught me to respect my parents. As I am soon to be a parent, I will remember your example. I know you and my little boy are bonding. I am sad he won't get to meet you down here but I know you two are thinking of ways to have him tease me once he gets here. Kaden is due close to my parents Anniversary (September 25th) and it is special to me because we shared that special day together growing up. Thank you for all you were and still are to me! I love you.