With the passing of our beloved Grandad last week, I thought it would be a shame not to have a Flashback Friday post in honor of him. He left behind a legacy of integrity, wisdom, faith and love after a long life of 95 and a half years.
My Grandad truly was the smartest man I knew, always passing along his wisdom to teach others about what he cared about.
I’m so thankful that I had grandparents who loved and cherished me. At his funeral, my brother-in-law talked about my Grandad’s contentment with sitting at the table just watching his family eat and converse. His family was his pride and joy.
I have many wonderful memories of times spent with my Grandad, but perhaps what I will remember the most is his face being lit up when Aspen walked up to his chair.
I’m not sure if you can tell, but in this picture they are both sticking their tongues out at each other (doing that spitting trick that babies learn- sorry, it’s hard to explain but I think you know what I’m talking about). Aspen had crawled over to his chair, pulled up, and just stood there at his knees. It was the first time she had done that and Grandad was just giddy that she was playing with him. He called my mom after we left to tell her all about it.
Family is special. Last week, with the passing of my Grandad as well as two other people I knew, was a reminder to cherish every moment you have with your loved ones. When life is put into perspective because of loss, nothing else seems important. You know the saying, “You can choose your friends but you’re stuck with your family”? Well, I’m thankful for the amazing family I got stuck with.
P.S. Check out my mom’s blog post about my Grandad, too.