Saturday, May 18, 2013
My mom was pregnant for me at the age of 15 and delivered me at 16. Her parents changed my diapers and fed me when I cried at night so she could finish high school.
Her father is a great influence in my life and he has taught me things and treated me better than my parents even.
My grandfather has taught me the value of education, that to get somewhere in life we must go to school. He helped me through my college years with paying my books, buying all the essentials for my college dorm when I began my college life and many other things that my parents didn't do. Grandpa was a shoulder to cry on when my family did horrific things to me and I couldn't cope. He took me grocery shopping to show me how to save and taught me how to balance a checkbook.
I have great respect for my grandfather, a Navy veteran, father of 4 who worked double shifts for 40 years at the same job! He is a family man who never let his own family go hungry or be out on the street.
My grandfather is 86 years old and is making the transition, selling his house and making funeral arrangements to leave his family with no financial burden or planning. I have to give him credit for being at peace with his coming death and his thoughts for his family. But it is very emotional for me and my mother to think of losing such an influential man in our lives!
My mother talked to me on the phone yesterday about going with him to pick out his casket and vault yesterday. She will be moving him to a trailer to live next to his son this weekend as his house is sold. I couldn't fall asleep last night thinking of the huge lose I will face when he passes.
My grandfather is a role model for his whole family and to carry out a life like his is a challenge. He set the bar high and I am going to miss him so very much! This weekend we have scheduled with him to visit at my parents. I plan to cherish every second and tell him I love him!
Maybe one day I will be as wise with my own family and mortality!