Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My Grandpa - on Veterans Day

Growing up I didn't have a lot of contact with my father. My grandfather was the only real dedicated father figure I ever had during those years, but he really loved me. I never had any doubts about that. Always there for me, always encouraging, always happy to see me - to be a part of my life. He left his imprint and I am forever grateful.

My grandpa met my grandmother at a dance hall in their town. It was right before World War II. He used to watch her dance from the balcony and finally got up the courage to ask her. They married during the war on a weekend pass. He made it through the war and they went on to have four daughters. My mother was their second.

We saw each other regularly once I married and he loved my children every bit as much as he loved me. It was from him that I learned to cook a tasty beef roast, learned how to fry an egg to perfection, and drive a fast car. Every year on Veterans Day, I would call him and thank him for his service because I felt it was important to remember.

My grandpa died eight years ago. He left a void I imagine nothing will ever fill. I think of him regularly, but especially on Veterans Day. There is an ache in my throat and tears in my eyes and I don't post this looking for sympathy. I just wanted to honor a man I loved deeply on this day, when I can no longer do it in person.

Happy Veterans Day.


thornfaith said...

Wow very cool way to honor your Grandpa!


hugabunchmom said...

It is men like your grandfather who built and continue to build this country. Not just because they served our country, but because they served their families. What a blessing God has given you to have a grandfather like him. I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing a bit of his life touch with us...he certainly did help mold you into a truly wonderful woman who is an inspiration to many of us. HUGS!