I’ve been AWOL lately because I’ve been down in Savannah. My grandfather died on Monday, and Tony and I went down for the funeral on Wednesday. While I’m sad to see him go, I think my whole family will attest that he’s in a much better place now. Alzheimers was giving him a lot of trouble there at the end, whereas now his mind is clear and he feels no pain and confusion. Grandpa loved to tell stories too, and I figure he’s thrilled to have a whole new heavenly audience that hasn’t heard any of his stories before (of if they have, they’ll enjoy them anyway, because it’s Heaven).

He was a husband, father to six kids, a Navy man, a veteran of both WWII and the Korean War, a captain of the volunteer fire department, grandfather, and great-grandfather. The memorial service was standing room only- that’s how loved he was.

To me, he was just Grandpa. He did a fantastic impression of Daffy Duck that I thought was the funniest thing ever. He had a trampoline in his back yard. He had tattoos on his arms. He had a model of a sailing ship with millions of lines and riggings and other tiny details that endlessly fascinated me. And when we came to visit, he’d grab us up and yell “Gimme some of that sugar!” while he peppered us with kisses and tickled us with his scratchy beard. When I eventually got taller than he was, he’d tell me to plant a kiss on the top of his bald head (which for some reason cracked him up every time).

So I’ll miss him, but I’m not worried because I’ll see him again. When my time comes, I have no doubt he’ll meet me at the Pearly Gates, wrap me in a big bear hug and yell, “Gimme some of that sugar!” And I will...right on top of his head, like always.


Jean said...

Sending good thoughts your way.
Sounds like you were blessed to have such a great grandfather.

Reluctant Housewife said...

He sounds like a great Grandfather. I'm sorry for your loss. My grandmother had Alzheimers, too. She passed away a few years ago.

(((hugs))) to you and your family

cndymkr / jean said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your grandfather. It sounds like he was a wonderful man who will be missed.

Erin said...

That was such a sweet tribute to someone who sounded like a fabulous grandfather! Sorry about your loss.

Melanie said...

Hey girl, Steph told me the news earlier in the week and just wanted to let you know I'd been thinking about all of you this week! I know it's hard to lose a grandparent, but you're right that he's definitely in a happy place now!

Melanie said...

Thanks for the sweet comment about Charlie. It's definitely always hard to lose a kitty. Oh, and as for your comment yesterday about Andrew... :) Stay tuned!

Kat said...

So sorry for your loss.

Anonymous said...

Thanks quirk for your thoughts on grandpa. One of his biggest thrills was seeing his kids, grandkids and greatgrandkids turn out so well. He was/is so proud of all of you.